Birmingham news Kipre makes West Brom debut - and gives Bilic another call MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - One of three debutants that did feature was defender Cedric Kipre - we kept a closer eye on the defender to see how he fared in the blue and white stripes for the first time
Breaking News ! Goals from Rekeem Harper, Hal Robson-Kanu and Callum Robinson ensured that West Brom avoided any Carabao Cup banana skins at The Hawthorns against EFL newcomers Harrogate Town. It was a decent run-out for many players who hadn’t previously got any competitive minutes under their belt. They’ll play Brentford at home next. One of three debutants that did feature was defender Cedric Kipre - we kept a closer eye on the defender to see how he fared in the blue and white stripes for the first time. Make sure you don't miss a thing - click here to sign up to our Albion newsletter The signing Beyond the signing of Matheus Pereira, who was heading for Albion on a permanent basis anyway, there was quite a period of time before the Baggies brought a new face to the club. Kipre was that man, when he signed for the club at the beginning of September, for a bargain fee of £900,000 from relegated Wigan Athletic. Upon arrival, he joined Ahmed Hegazi, Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi as the club’s senior centre halves, with blossoming defender Dara O’Shea having been utilised at right-back in the club’s promotion push. Kipre, who was released by Leicester and made his way back to England from Motherwell, just missed out on the Baggies’ week-long pre-season training camp at St George’s Park. Read More Related Articles Slaven Bilic sums up displays of West Brom new pair David Button and Cedric Kipre Read More Related Articles 'Timely reminder' - West Brom player ratings as they ease past Harrogate The competition As already mentioned, Kipre was joining three players who shared two positions under Bilic in the Championship campaign previous. Ajayi was often the constant, with Bartley his regular companion for the first half of the season - Hegazi had more of a look-in after Christmas. With O’Shea already in the mix, Bilic saw fit to add Branislav Ivanovic after Kipre’s arrival, too, a signing of intent when you consider his experience and quality - the Serb hadn’t signed to necessarily be a bit part player. Bilic sprung a surprise on Sunday when he opted for three centre halves, but Kipre didn’t even make the bench. In a more traditional flat back four, Kipre was given his opportunity here. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now How he played Early doors, things were comfortable for Albion’s back-line as Harrogate pushed high up the pitch without hurting Albion, who dominated the ball. Kipre miscued a header which fell to O’Shea in the Harrogate box, and the Irishman fired over.
. Albeit with space and time, Kipre found the Welshman unattended and he duly curled home. Harrogate, who were disciplined and applied themselves enthusiastically, couldn’t penetrate a Baggies back-line who kept a high line throughout. Kipre and the impressive O’Shea saw out the game with consummate ease.
BirminghamLive rating Kipre 6 Debutant number three. A first opportunity to stake a claim in Bilic’s overcrowded centre half department. Began the match well enough, and provided the assist from Robson-Kanu’s stunner. Always had Harrogate at arm’s length in the second period. A showing of promise with room for improvement.
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What Bilic said “Kipre, the whole team, but especially the back four were on the front foot, very competitive. We can talk about their quality but the effort from the opponent was there, the long-balls were there. “They are quite good in the air. But we coped with that - we were dominant to be fair. I’m pleased with the way Cedric played as well.”
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