By Sam Stone

26th Jul, 2022 | 8:30pm

BBC pundit delighted by West Brom contract for Dara O'Shea amid Burnley interest

Carlton Palmer is full of praise for West Brom after Dara O’Shea penned a new deal to keep him at The Hawthorns until 2025.

The defender was subject to interest from Burnley last week (13 July) according to The Daily Mail.

However, he has since committed his future to the club and Palmer believes it is excellent business by the Baggies hierarchy.

The BBC pundit told Football League World: “The season before he was one of their star performers and one of the best defenders in the league so it’s important that they tied him down to a new deal and the one thing that you wouldn’t have wanted to lose him to was to a side that is going to be, you would think that Burnley would be at the top end of the table.

“So you wouldn’t want to be losing one of your better players to a straightforward competitor so yeah, it’s great news for West Brom to tie Dara down to a new deal.”

Couldn’t afford to lose

West Brom could ill-afford to lose one of their brightest young talents, let alone to a Championship club.

If the Baggies have any intentions of being successful this season then there is a good chance that Burnely would be a direct rival for promotion.

The Hawthorns faithful would’ve been rightfully annoyed had the youngster made the switch to Lancashire.

West Brom tying O’Shea down to a new contract could also indicate a bright future for Baggies fans to look forward to.

The Republic of Ireland international is arguably one of Steve Bruce’s biggest assets and it’s refreshing to see the club be able to offer the financial package needed to keep the defender at The Hawthorns.

Bruce will likely now be looking to add at least two more players to his squad, particularly a striker to provide competition for Daryl Dike.

Fans often get excited about transfers, but this contract extension will almost feel like a new signing for Bruce and the club hierarchy.

In other West Brom news, this Manchester United teenager has piqued the interest of Steve Bruce but there is a lot of competition over a loan signing.