West Bromwich Albion recorded their fourth straight victory under Carlos Corberan on Monday night, with the Spaniard masterminding a 2-1 turnaround win over Sunderland.
The new Baggies boss has now propelled his side to 17th in the Championship and will have revitalised aspirations of achieving the playoff spots once more.
In that game, he once again showcased his willingness to lean on youth players, with three of his starting 11 being 23 years old or younger, and the match-winner Daryl Dike being just 22 years old.
With this alleviated pressure following their separation from the relegation zone, perhaps he could now look to take that cultivation of youth one step further by handing some academy players some increased game time.
The standout option would be Rico Richards, with the attacking midfielder boasting all the flair and work rate to succeed at this level.
There was ridicule across the country when Birmingham City retired a shirt number for Jude Bellingham, who had left for Borussia Dortmund in a £25m deal.
Should Rico Richards be given a chance?
However, his displays in the recent World Cup have sparked a desperate scramble among Europe’s elite to be his next destination in what promises to be an illustrious career.
The Birmingham-born star boasted a 7.34 average Sofascore rating across their five matches, even scoring his first goal for England in their demolition of Iran. Few are now laughing at that decision made by the Championship club.
There will be hope across the Hawthorns that they could produce their own talent resembling the 19-year-old with Richards.
This season in Premier League 2, the 19-year-old has already recorded five goal contributions across eight appearances, outlining his ability to both score and create.
He is poised to demolish last season’s tally of five goal contributions, which he has already equalled.
Surely he is in line for some added senior exposure having made just one appearance for the first team thus far.
Back in 2020, the youngster was named in The Guardian’s Next Generation list beside some inspiring words on the abilities Richards boasts: “He has a creative eye in terms of finding others but is equally capable of carving openings for himself.”
This could be describing Bellingham too, which stands as a testament to the pedigree this West Brom starlet holds.
It is certainly a long shot to think he could emulate the rise of the Dortmund man, but there is no reason to believe that he couldn’t match his quality one day should he continue his progress.