Youngster replaced Saido Berahino in second-half
JONATHAN Leko was left “lost for words” after fulfilling every boy’s dream on Saturday afternoon – making his Premier League debut.
The 16-year-old forward replaced fellow academy graduate Saido Berahino in the 78th minute at the Stadium of Light as Albion and Sunderland played out a goalless draw.
Leko made his full debut for the Baggies earlier on this season in September, coming on as a late substitute in the 3-0 defeat at Norwich City in the Capital One Cup, but he was understandably delighted to have made his top-flight bow for the club.
Speaking after the 0-0 draw, Leko said: “I’m lost for words really.
“I have always wanted to play in the Premier League and now I can say that I have done that, so I am really happy.
“I wasn’t sure at first if the gaffer was calling me or not, but once I realised he was shouting my name I was shocked.
“He told me to keep my shape and to also try and do something good going forward.
“The tempo was so high and a lot different to what I am used to in Under-18 and Under-21 football.
“I just tried to enjoy it and get on the ball as much as I could.
“I’d love to try and get more games in the Premier League and more experience now I have had my first taste of things."