Youngster part of travelling squad to Man City
ALBION youngster Sam Field is hoping for a more successful Barclays Premier League bow after his choice of 'induction song' was met with an underwhelming reaction from his Baggies team-mates.
The 17-year-old was named in Tony Pulis' travelling party for Saturday's game at Manchester City.
As part of his experience, Field had to perform a song of his choice in the team hotel on Friday night.
Field took inspiration from popular BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey as he rapped his way through Estelle’s American Boy in front of the rest of the first-team squad.
But the local lad was disappointed his efforts did not go down better with his experienced colleagues.
“I had to sing so I went for the rap off Gavin and Stacey - American Boy by Estelle,” said Field.
“I managed to get through about 30 seconds of it which was longer than I expected to manage but I thought I did pretty well.
“I got a round of applause but I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get the standing ovation I was hoping for.”
Field travelled with the senior squad for the first time following a string of impressive performances for the club’s Under-21s.
And the Academy product, who is a lifelong Baggies fan, revealed Tony Pulis asked him to work hard in an effort to earn his next opportunity.
“It was a fantastic experience to be involved with the first team.
“As an Albion fan I was extremely proud too.
“It was really good to see what it is like being around the first team on a matchday, how they operate, how they prepare, pre-game routines, stuff like that.
“It was also great to get to know the players a bit better off the pitch and see what they are like on a personal level and not just on the pitch.
“Tony Pulis gets the players going really well and I was really impressed by the way he gets the team ready.
“He told me and Tyler in the changing room that we wouldn’t be involved in the squad but he then pulled us to one side and told us how he really likes us and that if we keep working hard and if we keep our heads down there might be a chance for us at the end of the season or early next season.
“It was great to be in the changing room before the game and feel that match vibe.
“I was also really happy for Jonathan Leko, obviously he came on again and did really well.
“It’s a shame we lost the game because I thought we did enough to get a point on the day.”