Reyes Cleary wants Albion’s PL2 side to make a fast start when they host table-topping Leeds United at The Hawthorns on Friday night (ko 7pm).
Boss Richard Beale has bolstered his squad ahead of their next game in B71 following the addition of Rushall Olympic youngster Aaron Harper-Bailey, who has signed a one-year deal with the Baggies.
Albion’s youngsters head into the game against the Whites in high spirits after starting their Premier League Cup defence with a win, seeing off Watford 4-0.
Forward Cleary made it four goals from three games with the U21s last time out against the Hornets, and he’s pushing his young team-mates to make a fast start against the league leaders under the lights.
Cleary said: “We’re feeling confident.
“It’s good to play against one of the teams who’ve come down from the division above and the boys are ready for it.
“Last season was an important one because as soon as I scored my first goal in the U21s, it just gave me confidence to get more and more.
“Being around the first team has helped with that, but once the ball hits the back of the net I just want to keep doing it again and again.
“Goalscoring helps settle my nerves. Everyone gets nervous before a game but because I know I can score goals, it can take the pressure off.
“There’s a few players who’ve gone out on loan, but a lot of the young boys have stepped up this season. They’re a bit more physical because they’ve started the year with us in training, and they’ve looked strong so far.
“The Hawthorns is one of my favourite stadiums to play in, especially when I played against Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup for the first team earlier this season.
“It was just good to play in front of the fans and see their support. Even if there aren’t as many there on Friday, just playing with them there will help us.
“Even though we had a good result against Watford, the Sunderland draw was our last league game. It’s played back in our minds, so we’ll be looking to shock Leeds from the start tomorrow.”
How to follow the game
Tickets will be available for Albion’s PL2 clash against Leeds at The Hawthorns on Friday night.
Season ticket holders can watch the match for free, while the prices stand at £5 for adults, and just £1 for juniors.
Alternatively, season ticket holders and members can also enjoy a live stream of the match. Click here and log in with your My Albion account linked to your season ticket or membership.
The stream will begin 10 minutes before kick-off (6.50pm).
If you haven’t yet set up your account click here for instructions.