By Ross Jones

12th Sep, 2020 | 3:30pm

'Assassin' - Former coach lavishes praise on 'Rolls-Royce' West Brom new boy

West Brom new boy Cedric Kipre is an “assassin”, according to former coach Tommy Wright. 

The centre-back signed for the Baggies from Wigan Athletic over the summer, following a tumultuous career that saw him released by PSG and Leicester City, before heading up to Motherwell and eventually joining the Latics in 2018.

Kipre also went out for a brief loan spell with Corby Town in 2015, and Wright – who coached the club at the time – was immensely impressed with what he saw from the defender.

Speaking to The Athletic, he said: “You could see at 18 that Cedric had everything.

“He was probably the most ripped player I have ever seen at 18. He had muscles bulging out of him that I didn’t know existed! But he could also play. He was so elegant on the ball — almost like a Rolls-Royce.

“He’s like an assassin; really quiet but with a presence about him. He wouldn’t be the one that you’d go around taking the mickey out of because he could destroy you physically but he was a very quiet, focused 18-year-old, who didn’t speak much English at the time and was settling into a new country.

“You could see he was too good for our level. He was head and shoulders above anybody else and he could probably have gone out and played two or three levels higher.”

This is big, big praise for Kipre.

Obviously, there is a world of difference between non-league and the top flight, and it will take a big effort for the defender to force his way into the starting XI, but if nothing else, this shows that he has the natural physical attributes needed to be a hit in the Premier League.

The imminent arrival of Branislav Ivanovic could complicate his path to the first team somewhat, but this season will be a long one, and his presence will no doubt be required at some point.

In other West Brom news, Baggies player signs new contract ahead of 20/21 season

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