‘Not like Norwich who haven’t even tried anything’ – Bilic, Baggies boss, outlines transfer plans | A rose

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PUBLISHED: 22:45 July 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:45 July 26, 2020

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic will not seek to replicate the Canaries' recruiting style in the Premier League.  Image: Bradley Collyer / PA Images

West Brom manager Slaven Bilic will not seek to replicate the Canaries’ recruiting style in the Premier League. Image: Bradley Collyer / PA Images

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West Brom boss Slaven Bilic will not be replicating Norwich City’s recruiting approach as he prepares for life in the Premier League – claiming the Canaries ‘haven’t even tried anything’.

West Brom’s promotion was confirmed with a 2-2 draw with QPR on Wednesday. Image: Nick Potts / PA Images

The Baggies won the promotion earlier this week on an epic final day of the Championship – with a 2-2 draw against QPR enough to secure their top spot, joining Leeds United.

Bilic was appointed to the Hawthorns last season for the sole purpose of securing the club’s return to the Premier League.

Now that the promotion has been confirmed, Bilic has turned his attention to preparing for life in the top flight and identified Sheffield United’s recruiting approach as one he would like to replicate – not Aston Villa or the Canaries.

“We have a good team, we have scale, we need quality,” Bilic told Gol.hr. “We have to do something similar at Sheffield United, not like Aston Villa, and certainly not like Norwich who haven’t even tried anything.

City chose to invest in those already on their books and use the loan market last summer, with Ibrahim Amadou, Ralf Fahrmann and Patrick Roberts all temporarily joining the club.

Sam Byram and Lukas Rupp were the only players bought by the Canaries to pay a transfer fee. City’s total expense on the pair is rumored to be around £ 850,000.

Club accounts show City actually spent over £ 6million – which includes loan and agent fees. The Canaries have already added to their squad ahead of the new campaign, with Jacob Sorensen and Przemyslaw Placheta joining last week.

For Bilic, the goal is to add more quality to his team in order to compete at the highest level next season.

“We have to invest, but in the quality – the quality,” Bilic added.

“It’s nice to be a part of this story, to be a part of West Bromwich Albion, this traditional club. It’s a big success for us personally, but it’s best when you’re doing something that matters to the community and a lot of people.

“When the old and the young stop you, you see how much it means to them.”



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