Steven Alzate enjoyed valuable playing time as he aims for a return to the Premier League.

The midfielder got a full 90 minutes for Albion under-23s at Southampton on a good night for the club’s emerging midfielders.

Max Sanders scored with a super finish and Jayson Molumby skippered the side as he also got valuable minutes.

Alzate made a bright start to the Prem season, notably with his performance alongside Yves Bissouma in the 3-0 win at Newcastle.

But, after starting the first four games, he has been out of the side since the first international break.

His fellow Colombia international Jose Izquierdo was also in action at St Mary’s, enjoying what has become his now customary 45 minutes.

Sanders scored on 36 minutes with a right-foot finish into the top corner.

Robert Sanchez, who made his Prem debut at Tottenham recently, kept the lead intact with a super stop from Nathan Tella.

Albion: Sanchez; Yapi, Tanimowo, Weir, Tsoungui; Sanders, Molumby, Khadra, Alzate, Izquierdo (Jenks 46); Cashman (Eneme Ella 72).