West Bromwich Albion secured the signing of promising Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on loan for a long season.
Gallagher, who spent the last season in the tournament, agreed to a new contract at Stamford Bridge and immediately signed The Hawthorns for the First Division campaign.
The England U-21 international spent the first half of last season on loan to struggling Charlton Athletic, before Chelsea saw fit to redeploy him to Swansea City as he substituted the relegation battle for the promotion. At Liberty Stadium, he helped Swans secure a playoff place.
Gallagher’s next natural step is a rift in the Premier League, and with opportunities scarce at Chelsea, he has been allowed another loan.
It is understood that Albion Beat the First Division competition for Gallagher; Both Midlands rivals Aston Villa and rising teammate Leeds United have shown interest in the penalty area.
It’s the first of two on loan deals Albion has been allowed to complete this season, joining Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Matthews Pereira, Cedric Kipper and David Patton at The Hawthorns this summer.
Bilic, old teammates with Frank Lampard who played with him at West Ham United, discussed an arrangement with the Chelsea manager over the phone and an agreement was reached.
Gallagher will join Ivanovic legend in The Hawthorns, and provide a different choice to Bilic in his set of midfield options.
“I know the player of the tournament last season. He had a great influence first in Charlton and then in Swansea,” Bilic said.
“We were there – it’s not like someone told us, ‘It’s a tough league and there’s a player there’ – we were there.
“There was a chance in January we would have taken it before it went to Swansea, but it was too hard and we just couldn’t do it.
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“When we saw the opportunity, we did it right away. I have to thank Frank Lampard – I called him, he’s an amazing guy. We’ve known each other since West Ham.
“He helped us with that, but the boy wanted to come. He’s ready to take the next step in his career and give us something that we don’t have, that dynamic in midfield.
“I expect a lot from him. It’s a new level for him. We will help him, he will help us. I hope it will be an enjoyable and enjoyable trip.”
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Slavin Bilic confirmed that Ahmed Hegazy missed West Brom’s victory over Harrogate Town on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury he suffered during training this week.
Hegazy, who was an unused substitute in Sunday’s defeat to Leicester, was expected to participate in the match. The Carabao Cup, which Albion won, eventually tied 3-0.
After deciding to rest Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi, he chose Bilic Dara O’Shea and new contracting Cedric Kipre. With new contracting Branislav Ivanovic now in the mix, Albion is certainly not lacking in numbers in the division.
Al-Masry, who was subjected to a stopover campaign last season, will undergo an examination by the club’s medical staff in the coming days.
“Hejazi was on the bench on Sunday,” Bilic said. “It came Monday, the players who haven’t played against Leicester have been training. He did his hamstring while training, which is why he’s not playing tonight.”
“The hamstrings … the two or even yesterday didn’t know its size. It shouldn’t be big, it didn’t do it in a sprint or anything like that. Hopefully it’s smaller.
“That’s why Ahmed is not on the pitch tonight, basically.”
One of the players who played in The Hawthorns was Sam Field.
The midfielder, who recently spent his time on loan at Charlton Athletic, was forced to wait for an opportunity in the colors of his childhood after playing a minor role under Darren Moore and Jimmy Chan.
With the numbers light in this particular section – Jake Livermore, Roman Sawers, and Richem Harper are Billitch’s other current options – Field will likely remain in The Hawthorns.
This is definitely Bilic’s intention at this point.
“I spoke to Sam that day and told him he was giving us something that we don’t have other plays,” Bilic said.
He’s a healthy midfielder. He’s good tactically, maintains his position, he’s very good at slowing down, very good at helping the center back when they need him, he’s very tall, so he’s good at heading the ball and good at tackling and reading balls And the opening attacks with a good range of passes.
“He is very good in the defensive phase of the match. That’s why I told him he would stay with us.”
West Bromwich He has been linked to the surprise move of Aston Villa striker Mbwana Samata.
The 27-year-old arrived at Villa Park at £ 8.5m from Belgian club Genk in January after finishing first in the Professional League in the 2018/19 season.
But with Villa smashing her transfer record, he thwarted Ole Watkins from Brentford – and plans to bring in another striker – Samatta appears to be a surplus of requirements.
Albion fans were not dazzled by the idea:
Christopher Short: I think he will be fine with our great players. I’ll take it as long as there’s another coming too.
Marc Champ George: no thanks! Nowhere near excellent quality
Russell Hill: Oh dear no thanks. You had a half season to settle in but you wouldn’t score 10-15 goals
Steve Cartland: Obviously, I cannot afford to buy the scholarship
Karandeep chima: ID value of 5 m
Slavin Bilic refuses to even consider the idea that West Bromwich Albion might miss its first goal.
The Buggy His boss has never made a secret of his desire to return Philip Krovinovi to The Hawthorns.
In fact, he made great headway in getting back the squad last season with the loans of Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, and Matthews Pereira all becoming permanent.
However, no deal has yet been reached to return Krovinovi to his squad – with time starting to set a transfer date next month.
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The probability of the 25-year-old staying with Benfica, or worse, going elsewhere, is almost too much.
“I’d be very disappointed if it didn’t. I don’t even want to think about it,” Bilic He said.
“Every day when I walk to the training ground, I ask about it.
“Why? Because last year he played a lot of games for us.
“He was great on the field. You can be versatile with him on the field, and you can change systems without changing players.”
“He got a lot better, started shooting on target, to score goals. He got passes.
“Everyone loves him. He makes every player around him better – he’s one of those – silent or using champions.
“That’s why every day I ask, does he come, is he getting better, is he getting better? That is how I appreciate him and all the other people too.”