‘Who is this guy?’ – Slaven Bilic makes admission about West Brom star Romaine Sawyers

‘Who is this guy?’ – Slaven Bilic makes admission about West Brom star Romaine Sawyers


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Slaven Bilic has revealed that he was actually a fan of West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers during his West Ham United days.

The pair have finally been able to work alongside each other as head coach and player at Albion this summer, having both arrived as part of the club’s significant overhaul after missing out on promotion last term.

Both have thrived, too; while Bilic’s breath of fresh air at managerial level has proved to be what the club needed, Sawyers – Albion’s returning academy product – has flourished alongside captain Jake Livermore in midfield.

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It’s proven to be a recipe for success, until now. One defeat in 19 and a string of impeccable performances has led to the Baggies sitting atop the Championship table heading into the Christmas fixture flurry.

Now, Bilic has revealed that, during his time in charge at West Ham, he kept an eye on the Championship for emerging talent – and then Brentford midfield maestro Sawyers caught his eye.

“The club did a good job in the transfer window,” Bilic explained to Ian Holloway for Sky Sports . “The new players clicked straightaway. We wanted to get players who are really good on the ball, but also reliable and responsible to play in both parts of the game.

“We wanted to be as young as possible, as British as possible, but also to have quality and a good bunch of players.

“When I was at West Ham, I watched the Championship. You can’t ignore it. In the transfer window, we wanted some players from the league.

“I was watching Brentford. I said to my assistant ‘who is this guy’? ‘Sawyers’. He’s a West Brom guy, he’s from here. For him to be there [at Brentford] that many years, it’s a sin.

“When I say that I’ll never be happy with him, of course I’m happy with him and the way he plays, but he can be top. He can be a top top player, but you have to push him because his potential is unbelievable.”


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