West Brom chief Garlick: Wood sale proof academy producing results

West Bromwich Albion chief Richard Garlick says the club' academy is now producing quality talent.

Chris Woods has just been sold to Leicester City, while George Thorne has made his Premier League debut this season.

“Being able to produce players through our Academy like George Thorne is a good sign of success,” Garlick told the WBA website.

“Chris Wood scoring goals in the Championship is a success for the Academy as well.

“The aim is over a period of time the lads we produce in the Academy are schooled in a way, which enables them to go into the first team.

“George has done it this season. Hopefully we’ll have one or two coming through over the next few years.

“It’s difficult as the average age of Premier League debuts is now pushing towards 23 rather than 21 as it was, so it is harder to get in there.

“But we’ve shown this year that George, for example, had a very successful spell out in the Championship at Peterborough, as did Saido Berahino until he picked up an injury."

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