West Brom have a young star in their ranks, and it's Jovan Malcolm.

The teenager has been brilliant for West Brom’s Under-18 side so far this season, wreaking havoc with his pace and agility. Manager Peter Gilbert has played him ten times in the English Under-18 Premier League this season, and it's fair to say the youngster has repaid this faith with a series of wonderful performances.

With ​Liverpool tracking the attacker closely, it's time to learn a little bit more about the player who could be one of the game's next big things.

Breakthrough Campaign

After featuring just once for ​West Brom’s Under-18 side last season, Malcolm has become a regular and has more than justified his selection by scoring seven goals in ten appearances.

He has been the Under-18s player of the season up to this point, and is the joint top scorer in the side alongside 17-year-old Finley Thorndike. 

Beside his seven goals, he has also added a single assist, which came in a 4-2 defeat to Wolves in September.

On Fire Against the Reds

As alluded to above, Malcolm has scored seven goals so far this year. What is quite astonishing, though, is that four of these goals came in just 33 minutes in the first half against Liverpool’s youngsters last weekend.

In a sensational display, Malcolm fired in twice early on before completing his hat-trick with a composed finish just after the half-hour mark. He was not done there though, and netted his fourth just moments later as he ripped apart Liverpool’s defence with ease.

Staggering Amounts of Potential

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The English attacker is just 16 years old, making his dazzling displays for the Under-18 side even more impressive. Malcolm will be looking at the likes of 19-year-old Nathan Ferguson - who is a regular for the West Brom side in the ​Championship, pictured above - and will be targeting senior first team football by the time he reaches a similar age.

Yet to have international experience with the Young Lions, if Malcolm can continue to perform to the level he is currently producing, a call-up to England’s Under-18 side is surely in the pipeline.


Versatility is a brilliant attribute to have, especially if playing in a front three – as this constant ability to interchange across the forward line during games makes it incredibly hard for defenders to track runs.

Malcolm has already shown he is versatile this season, featuring six times on the right wing, as the central striker on three occasions and popping up once on the left side. If he can continue to develop in a range of positions, he will become a real asset to any team in the future.

He Is Wanted by a Host of Top Premier League Sides


It is not surprising that a ​host of Premier League clubs are interested in the attacker given the season he's having, with Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly two of the sides very eager on signing the 16-year-old.

Both are set to monitor his development over the coming months, but the Baggies will be desperate to keep hold of the talented teenager after losing Louie Barry to Barcelona in the summer.