West Bromwich Albion enjoyed an extremely busy transfer deadline day. The Baggies welcomed four new arrivals to the Hawthorns.
Welcome to the Albion, lads! ?? pic.twitter.com/bIO9deFIP7
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 8, 2019
First, Grady Diangana arrived from West Ham United. The 21-year-old attacking-midfielder has joined the Championship club on a season-long loan, and will re-unite with manager Slaven Bilic. The Baggies boss is well aware of Diangana’s talents, having handed the youngster his first professional contract whilst he was at the helm for the Hammers.
A second loan arrival joined West Brom later, in the form of Chris Willock. The former Arsenal academy star has made a temporary switch from Benfica. Willock was highly-rated by the Gunners, prior to his move to Portugal. However, he has not yet featured for the Benfica first team. He’ll be hoping to gain some regular football at the Hawthorns in order to get his career back on track.
30-year-old striker Charlie Austin also joined the club, arriving from Southampton for an undisclosed fee. The forward is a proven Premier League goalscorer, making his signature quite the coup for the Baggies. He has also shone in the second tier before, with 70 goals in 132 Championship appearances to his name. However, recurrent injury troubles have hampered him in recent seasons. If Austin can put his fitness woes behind him, then he has the capacity to fire Bilic’s side to promotion.
The Baggies rounded off a busy deadline day with the capture of Matheus Pereira. Another import from Portugal, the 23-year-old winger has arrived on a one-year loan deal from Sporting, with a view to a permanent switch being made next summer. The Brazilian has plenty of potential and will bring pace and fair to the flanks for Bilic’s side this season.
West Brom fans were certainly in high spirits as they reflected on their club’s business at the end of a busy transfer deadline day.
So good to see positive news for the club. Definitely feeling hopeful ?
— Jen Russon (@jen_russon) August 9, 2019
Announce the title
— Nick Holder (@valetudocage) August 9, 2019
Been a good day, lads! Onto Millwall?⚪️
— George?? (@gs94wba) August 8, 2019
Transfer deadline day ? We’ve completed it
— Reece (@reexew) August 8, 2019
Well done to our fantastic manager and the board.
Welcome to all our new players.?
— Rob Lockey (@rob_lockey) August 8, 2019
Luke Dowling sorry I doubted you. You have played an absolute blinder. Outstanding business Albion, just what we needed after the doom of last season and every day up until today ???
— Roger Riley (@RogerRiley2) August 8, 2019
Premier league here we come
— DDWBA (@DDossiter) August 8, 2019