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Leko agrees new Albion deal

28 June 2016

Leko, 17, made five Premier League appearances last term

TALENTED teenager Jonathan Leko has agreed his first professional contract with Albion.

The 17-year-old Academy graduate, who joined the club at the age of 11, has committed to a three-year deal at The Hawthorns following his breakthrough into the first team towards the end of last season.

Having previously made his League Cup bow off the bench in September, Leko made his Premier League debut for the Baggies aged 16 when he appeared as a 78th-minute substitute in the goalless draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in early April. 

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In the process, he duly became the first player born in 1999 to appear in England's top flight.

Leko again appeared off the bench away at Manchester City before then making an impressive full debut in the league defeat to West Ham United at The Hawthorns. 

Afterwards, the club took the decision to withdraw Leko from England's Under-17 European Championship squad to make him available for the remainder of the season.

The teenager subsequently started matches against AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool on the final day of last season, his jinking run and pass setting up Salomon Rondon for Albion's opener in a 1-1 draw.

Leko capped off a memorable breakthrough 2016/17 campaign by being named Albion's Young Player of the Season.

His new three-year professional contract runs until the summer of 2019.

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