West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic put in an impressive performance last night which saw praise from Baggies fans and neutrals alike.
The Serbia defender joined the Baggies on a free transfer last month, having left Zenit Saint Petersburg in July after a three-and-a-half-year stint.
Prior to his time in Russia, Ivanovic had a glittering spell with Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup, one Champions League and one Europa League.
The 36-year-old made his West Brom debut in the League Cup loss to Brentford in September but has had to wait to make his league bow for Slaven Bilic’s side.
This came last night as he played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Burnley at The Hawthorns, the first stalemate of the 2020-21 top-flight campaign.
Ivanovic not only impressed in a defensive capacity but also marshalled the back line superbly and could’ve even opened the scoring from a corner.
Here is what some fans of West Brom and former club Chelsea said about the player’s heroics on the night:
Just me that forgot how boring Burnley are? Nonetheless, 36 year old Branislav Ivanovic has been the best player on the pitch by far.
— The Baggies Bible (@TheBaggiesBible) October 19, 2020
Ivanovic is playing really well
— Jake (@WBAJake_) October 19, 2020
Can tell why Ivanovic remained a Chelsea starter right up until he left really good first half commanding not letting anything get won in the air #wba
— Jon Simonian (@_Simonian) October 19, 2020
Defensively solid. Ivanović very promising, first clean sheet of the season.
There’s your positives for today
— Rob Paddock (@RobPaddockWBA) October 19, 2020
Rival fans talking about Ivanovic uno… after that performance 💀
— Jake (@WBAJake_) October 20, 2020
No matter what anyone thought of us signing Ivanovic like with his age etc but he is still class you can tell the way he commands the defence, you never lose that 🙌 #wba
— Sarah ❤ (@sarah_WBAx) October 19, 2020
Branislav Ivanovic still got it
— J🌍N (@CFCMastermind) October 19, 2020
Ivanovic almost getting a goal on debut
— CFC Central (@CFCCentral1) October 19, 2020
Ivanovic absolutely immense for West Brom today. Still a complete beast in the air. One of my favourite ever Chelsea players.
— Grant James (@grantdesmidt) October 19, 2020
Ivanovic is the greatest player in West Bromwich Albion history pic.twitter.com/HU9lRDIFaW
— DylanCFC1905 (@DCfc1905) October 19, 2020
Branislav Ivanovic was such a rock for West Brom vs Burnley! Even still going strong at 36, proper leader at the back! He did performed well and was a leader #WBA has been lacking! Rudiger, Christensen must learn something ngl. #WBABUR
— Yash Prasad (@imYash07) October 19, 2020