“There are many positive examples in every league every year. We want to be like them. For that you have to have the right quality, the right mindset and most importantly you have to believe. Because if you don’t believe what’s the point? We believe. ”
Maybe they don’t care about the need, but at least they’re not saying it’s going to be an easy season and they know there’s one key part of Bilic’s formula – the bit about ‘good quality’ – which needs to be addressed.
After finishing second in the championship despite a nervous race, West Brom had to do two things to prepare for his return to the top flight: permanently sign the loan officers who did well last season and recruit enough top players. . to thrive in the Premier League.
They’ve managed to do the first part – get the continued services of Callum Robinson, Matheus Pereira and, most precious of all, Grady Diangama, and they are working to bring Filip Krovinovic back from Benfica.
The second part turns out to be more difficult, although Bilic spoke on Friday, former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was undergoing a medical visit at the club in preparation for joining Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he has been captain for three seasons. He won’t be available in time for Sunday’s season opener at home against Leicester, but Bilic is confident the player will prove to be a valuable addition to his roster and, at 36, can still be a force in Premier League.
“His career has been wonderful and everyone is thrilled,” Bilic said. “I know how he plays. We’re not talking about someone we’ve had to do homework with since his time at Chelsea – that was a very long time ago. Ivanovic played really well at Zenit. He was chosen for his experience, for his quality and the influence he will have on the pitch and in the locker room. Not only center-backs, not just defenders, will have the opportunity to learn from him. He ticked all the boxes for us.
West Brom continues to try to strengthen its attacking options, and success may depend on its ability to find gold with modest resources. Chelsea striker Conor Gallagher, 20, and Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant are among the targets being pursued.
“We do everything to be creative but it’s not easy to be creative without the proper funding for the players that we are talking about and that we want to get. We want players who will improve us right away and those players cost money. But we’re trying, we’re about to make some more deals, and we’re doing everything to be in a better position.