Carlton Palmer recently spoke out about Ethan Ingram’s chances of getting into West Bromwich Albion’s first-team next season, admitting ‘it’s difficult’ as Steve Bruce is pushing for promotion and might trust tried and tested players over raw potential.
He told Football League World: “It’s a difficult one. He is a talented young lad but he’s only 19 years of age. It’s a massive season for Steve Bruce. West Brom wanted to get automatic promotion last season. They didn’t do that.”
Ingram is enjoying a gradual rise to prominence, making 27 appearances for the U18s and U23s in 2020/21 while making 24 appearances exclusively for the U23s this season. He had one senior appearance to his name too, so the 19-year-old is knocking on the door of the first-team.
Bruce has previously stated his desire to have a deputy for Darnell Furlong at right-back and recently admitted there are youngsters he wants to see in pre-season, so Ingram might have a good chance of being promoted from the reserves.
Read West Brom have talked up his prospects in the past, but it all depends on what Bruce thinks is best for his career – first-team football at a lower level or training with the first-team and getting sporadic appearances.
If Furlong stays fit, Ingram may not get a lot of minutes next season. But he will improve as a player by training with the senior squad and getting the odd appearance where possible. It also means Bruce has one less player to sign.