Youngsters travel to Cardiff tonight in last-32 tie
JACK Fitzwater believes Albion’s Under-21 group have the talent required to win the Barclays Under-21 Premier League Cup.
The Baggies face Cardiff City at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium in a last-32 tie on Tuesday night (ko 7pm).
The young defender, who enjoyed a handful of run-outs for the first-team during pre-season, has been a regular starter in the Under-21 Premier League where James Shan’s side remain unbeaten since late March.
However Fitzwater has urged his team-mates to not allow complacency to creep into their game, admitting they will have to match the Bluebirds’ work-rate and intensity if they are to progress.
He said: “Cardiff will be a good side who will be intent on stopping us playing our style of football.
“They will probably look to try and hurry us when we are in possession and we need to be ready to match their effort.
“It’s a tricky tie to get us started but we know if we can impose our style of play on them, control possession and create chances, then we will have a good chance of winning the game.
“We are unbeaten this season so we want to carry our league form over into the cup.
“The squad is very young but also very talented and we go into this competition believing we can win it.
“We have been told that our group is similar to the George Thorne, Saido Berahino, Chris Wood and Sam Mantom group, so that gives us great confidence.
“We will obviously take one step at a time, but we definitely want to win the cup.”