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West Brom struck gold on Semi Ajayi

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With an enforced World Cup break now coming on the worst attainable time for high-flying West Bromwich Albion, they’ll now be caught ready practically a month till their Championship season resumes with a visit to Sunderland.

It has been a tumultuous marketing campaign up to now, with Steve Bruce having seen his reign come crashing to an finish as his aspect was left adrift within the relegation zone.

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Nevertheless, underneath the brand new management of Carlos Corberan, there was an enormous turnaround. The Baggies had received all of their final three matches with out conceding, delighting followers as their aspect lastly discovered an answer to their plight.

One participant who has massively contributed to this turnaround is Kyle Bartley, with the stalwart of a centre-back having scored two in his final two video games and defended staunchly all through.

He stands as proof that his age will make him a nice asset on the Hawthorns, as Semi Ajayi will hope to echo upon his return from damage.

It was stated in the midst of September that following surgical procedure to his ankle he could be out of motion for as much as eight weeks. When their journey to Wearside comes again round, calling an finish to this relaxation interval, the 29-year-old may lastly be again in competition.

Having moved to the Hawthorns in a £1.5m deal, Ajayi had performed each minute of their season earlier than being struck down. In complete, he has featured 117 instances for West Brom.

His performances have been so constant that he has been linked with strikes away from the Midlands. Kevin Phillips sang his praises earlier this 12 months when these rumours intensified, dubbing him: “an enormous, highly effective centre-half with management qualities.”

Ajayi’s solidity has led to an unsurprising surge in his worth, which peaked solely final 12 months when he hit €6m (£5.2m) in June of 2021.

That marks a sensational 246% improve from when he first signed for the £13k-per-week titan.

It marks yet one more participant who West Brom have struck gold on in recent times, and now underneath the steering of Corberan, there’ll possible be a lot extra to rise as much as earn the membership added acclaim.

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