Jack Fitzwater completes 90 minutes against French champions
PROMISING defender Jack Fitzwater says facing Paris Saint-Germain’s superstars was one of the best experiences of his life.
The 18-year-old centre-back, who is yet to make his senior debut for the Club, pitted his wits against some of the best players in the world as Albion were narrowly beaten 2-1 by the French champions in Schladming.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis made eight half-time changes which resulted in a back four made up entirely of academy graduates – 16-year-old Kane Wilson, Fitzwater, 20-year-old Kyle Howkins and Sam Field who was playing out of his usual midfield position.
The match will live long in his memory and the youngster was pleased with the way the inexperienced quartet dealt with multi-million pound opposition.
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“That was one of the best experiences of my life,” beamed Fitzwater.
“It’s easily one of the best things I have ever done.
“Obviously they had players like Ben Arfa, Rabiot, David Luiz, Lucas Moura and Serge Aurier playing who can all cause the best teams in the world problems.
“They have Champions League quality but I thought we did well against them.
“Hopefully I will get more experiences like that in the future.
“We kept our shape well and on another day we could have got something.
“In the second-half we had a really young back four and we were facing Ben Arfa and Lucas but again I thought we coped well.
“Kane is only 16 but I thought he slotted in well at right-back and showed his athleticism.
“I’d like to think Kyle and I performed well as a centre-back pairing and also credit to Sam who filled in at left-back.”