'Extremely positive' - Slaven Bilic delighted after taking 'risk' in one player v Burnley
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic was delighted with the impact made by new signing Karlan Grant against Burnley.
The striker sealed his move to the Hawthorns on Thursday evening and completed training on Friday before making his debut.
It was nearly the perfect start for Grant, who found the back of the net, only for it to be ruled out for offside in the first half.
Bilic claimed Grant left him smiling, and that he will become vitally important for the Baggies this season in the Premier League.
“He had a couple of chances. He’s really good at running in behind, he’s good with the ball at his feet. He put a smile on my face,” he told Birmingham Live.
“He showed me more than enough to know that he’ll be very important for us. That’s why we wanted him. We took the risk today because his last game was a few months ago when Huddersfield played West Brom before the end of last season.
“He’s going to become better, fitter, match fitter, he’ll get to know the players and their movements and he’ll gel. I’m extremely positive.”
Grant definitely showed some great moments, but he did also go missing during parts of the game, but Bilic will have expected that.
The 23-year-old had one shot on goal and completed one key pass according to WhoScored, and those numbers will increase as the weeks go on.
Callum Robinson also had a good effect on the game when he came on last night, and there could be a selection headache next week – although these comments give Grant a good chance of starting.
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