The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley has heaped praise on West Brom legend Chris Brunt for being a “top player, top bloke”.
The 35-year-old officially left the Baggies on Saturday after a 13-year association with the club, and is now a free agent.
Understandably, following an Albion career that has seen him make in excess fo 420 appearances, the goodbyes over the past few weeks have been long and emotional.
And The Athletic kept that trend going with a piece on Sunday morning in which they looked back on some of Brunt’s greatest assists, drawing on quotes from the man himself.
Madeley, who wrote the piece, then elaborated on it further via his own personal Twitter account.
When a fan observed that he had spent an awful lot of time listening to fellow supporters argue that Brunt shouldn’t be in the starting line up, the reporter replied: “Absolutely.
“He had some spells where he wasn’t at his best. I’m sure he’d be the first to say that.
“But over 13 years at a club that was often at the bottom end of the PL, that’s going to happen.
“Top player, top bloke.”
Absolutely. He had some spells where he wasn’t at his best. I’m sure he’d be the first to say that. But over 13 years at a club that was often at the bottom end of the PL, that’s going to happen. Top player, top bloke.
— Steve Madeley (@SteveMadeley78) August 2, 2020
We absolutely agree with Madeley on this one.
It’s obvious that over the course of a 13 year spell at a club you’re going to have your ups and downs.
But when all is said and done, Brunt is a fully bonafide legend at The Hawthorns, and his record of 89 assists speaks volumes about his quality.
His attitude has always been exemplary, even over the past year or so when he has barely played, and it really is a miss to see a player like him leave the club.
Whoever signs him next is getting a special, special player.