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Breaking News ! Happy Slaven Bilic has been impressed by Sheffield Wednesday’s response since the restart as he prepares to lead West Brom to Hillsborough this evening. Garry Monk’s Owls have taken four points from their meetings with Nottingham Forest and Bristol City - encounters that, on paper, appeared tricky. Coming off the back of a disappointing defeat and performance at promotion rivals Brentford on Friday night, Bilic expects a positive reaction from his players; though just because Wednesday are mid-table doesn’t mean that they can afford to take their hosts lightly. “The games are different, but they’re also very similar. If you want to impose yourself, you have to run, suffer and have to take responsibility and say ‘we expect you, but this is our game’,” Bilic explained. “It’s a different game, but again they play in a different way to Brentford, yet they come into the same areas. I don’t see them defending for their lives for 90 minutes - they didn’t get those results against Bristol and Nottingham by playing like that. “They’re happy for you to have the ball, but they’re very well organised. They defended in a comfortable way in both games, and they can become quite dangerous in no time. “If you give them time in midfield, they have good players of course. We have to tick all the boxes, and I’m sure everything is going to be fine.” Familiar face Kemar Roofe, the former West Brom and Leeds United striker, could return to the UK in the next transfer window after he was linked with a move to Scottish title challengers Rangers. Roofe, who came through the ranks at Albion without making a first-team appearance, earned a move to Leeds after netting 32 goals in 18 months at Oxford United. Roofe spent three seasons at Elland Road, but was permitted a move to Belgian side Anderlecht last summer, where he played under - and alongside former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany. The 27-year-old picked up an injury after Christmas, though, and having scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Anderlecht, he hasn’t played a competitive game in 2020. Now reports coming out of Belgium claim that Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has an interest in bringing him to Ibrox once the transfer window reopens. There is a suggestion that the Gers may offer to take Roofe on an initial loan deal, with the option of making the deal -worth £5.5m - permanent later down the line. Future Callum Morton wants to continue scoring goals at senior level after getting the taste for it at Northampton Town. The West Brom youngster, 20, bounced back in stunning fashion from a long-term injury when he made for Sixfields on a loan deal on January. After taking the division’s player of the month award for February - he netted five goals in that month - Morton picked up where he left off when the League Two play-offs swung around upon the restart. Morton bagged twice at Cheltenham Town as the Cobblers dramatically turned around a first leg deficit, and then, on Monday, he found the net again at Wembley as Keith Curle’s side swept Exeter City aside. What does the future hold for Morton, who is heading into the final year of his Albion deal? It’s understood that the Baggies intend to open talks with Morton over fresh terms, but in the meantime he’s looking to continue his development - be that at The Hawthorns or elsewhere. “That’s a decision I’ll have to make with West Brom,” Morton told Sky Sports.
. “I’ve always seen myself scoring goals, and I’ve come to League Two and hopefully I’ve proven myself to everyone. Hopefully I kick on, as an individual, from here.” A big fan Goalkeeper Joe Hart says he still wants to play at the highest level he possibly can after enduring a frustrating few years in football. The former England international, who is viewed as potential competition for Sam Johnstone if West Brom secure promotion back to the Premier League, has left Burnley at the end of his contract and is now a free agent, searching for his next challenge. Playing an understudy role at Turf Moor, it sums up the last few years for Hart, who hasn’t been able to settle and source regular football since leaving Manchester City - that time includes spells at Serie A side Torino and at West Ham, where he played under Slaven Bilic.
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Celtic are reportedly an option for Hart, too; the Daily Record claimed on Monday that the keeper and his representatives were to have another round of talks in Glasgow after Craig Gordon left Parkhead and Fraser Forster’s future was left uncertain. Wherever Hart ends up, he’s determined to take his next chance. “I’ve put myself in a position where there’s not a lot of places that haven’t heard of me as a goalkeeper, haven’t heard of me for what I can do,” Hart said. “I’d like to think I’m always going to have those links. “Well, I know, I strongly believe I can play at the top level, but football’s about politics, it’s not necessarily about ability.
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“I understand that getting to the place I want to be is going to be difficult, but I’m going to give myself the best opportunity to play at the highest level possible, and when I do get that chance, I’m going to be ready.” Bilic has been a fan of Hart. He was in charge at West Ham when he was borrowed from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in 2017, before Bilic parted company with the London club in the November.
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