By Nick Ware

8th Sep, 2021 | 10:10am

Scott McTominay sends Instagram message to Kean Bryan after West Brom announcement

Kean Bryan has received a host of well-wishes from international stars in the Premier League after he signed for West Brom on Tuesday.

The West Midlands club announced the 24-year-old’s arrival yesterday [07/09/21] amid devastating news on fellow centre-back Dara O’Shea, who is expected to miss at least four months of action after sustaining a serious injury for the Republic of Ireland last week.

Matt Clarke is also out injured after suffering a hamstring injury in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers last month, and thus the club moved quickly to sign Bryan, whose Sheffield United contract expired in the summer.

Bryan posted his elation at his move to The Hawthorns, writing on his personal Instagram profile: “All in Gods timing. Excited for the next step in my career, let’s go WBA.”

A number of international stars reacted to the Manchester City academy graduate’s post, including Manchester United’s Scott McTominay [Scotland] and Everton’s Alexander Iwobi [Nigeria], who replied with a clapping and muscle emoji respectively.

Former West Brom loanee Tosin Adarabioyo also sent a message to Bryan. He wrote: “My brother.”

Time to shine

Bryan has endured a fairly stop-start career thus far, and he will be hoping to put an end to that and gain regular game time at West Brom.

After rising through the ranks at Manchester City, Bryan went on loan to Bury during the 2016/17 campaign, making 13 appearances, before spending the following season at Oldham Athletic.

He picked up the Young Player of the Year award for his 36 Latics outings, but he has endured a difficult three years after joining Sheffield United in 2018.

Bryan played just 19 times for the Blades, partly due to injuries, but also the intense competition for places at Bramall Lane.

He did, however, make 13 Premier League appearances last season, and thus he looks to be on the rise again.

This is now a chance for him to establish himself in senior football and show his abilities.

Playing on the left-side of a back-three under Valerien Ismael could suit him down to the ground with the ball-playing abilities he honed growing up as a midfielder in the Manchester City academy.

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