By Nick Ware

7th Sep, 2021 | 10:55am

Kean Bryan could make his West Brom debut v Millwall

Kean Bryan is in contention to make his West Brom debut against Millwall on Saturday, according to Joe Chapman.

The West-Midlands based reporter, writing for Birmingham Mail, suggests the 24-year-old could make his first Albion outing at The Hawthorns this weekend.

He wrote: “Bryan is expected to be in contention to make his debut against Millwall this coming weekend, when the Lions visit The Hawthorns, and will be competing for a place along with regular Kyle Bartley, last Saturday’s match-winner Semi Ajayi, youngster Caleb Taylor and Cedric Kipre.”

Straight in?

Bryan was only announced on a two-year deal on Tuesday morning, but it looks like he may well be named in the squad for Saturday, with the potential of playing.

That’s because West Brom are likely to be without the services of fellow central defenders Matt Clarke and Dara O’Shea through injury.

Clarke’s absence is particularly relevant as there are a lack of left-footed options to take his position on the left of the back-three under Valerien Ismael.

Bryan is left-footed so could slot straight in there, lessening the need to play Cedric Kipre in that position.

However, it may be a tough task to ask him to start a Championship game so soon after his arrival.

Bryan has not kicked a ball in competitive football since May 8, when Sheffield United lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace.

He left the Blades in the summer and has been without a club since.

Therefore, Ismael may look to Kipre to fill in while Bryan gets up to speed.

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