Filip Krovinovic feeling great at heart of West Brom
Filip Krovinovic says his confidence has soared ever since he forced his way into Albion’s first team.
Snapped up on loan from Benfica last summer, the Croatian often found himself on the substitutes’ bench before the turn of the year. But after putting in a man-of-the-match display in the FA Cup win at West Ham in January, Krovinovic has gone on to shine for Slaven Bilic’s side.
Now being deployed in central midfield instead of the number 10 role, the 24-year-old has been integral to a tactical change that has seen Albion switch from a 4-2-3-1 system to 4-3-3.
And the Zagreb-born star believes Albion fans are now seeing the best of him.
“I think even the best players in the world need games and to be playing all the time to reach their best levels,” said Krovinovic. “It gives you confidence and I’m that type of player that gets plenty of confidence from playing regularly.
“It has helped me a lot, starting games, and I hope that I can stay in the team until the end of the season.
“I’m feeling very good and happy.
“As a team we are doing a very good job. I hope we continue to win games until the end of the season. That is our target.”
Albion travel to take on Bristol City tomorrow sitting top of the Championship, having taken 10 points from their last four games.
When the two sides met back in November, the Baggies ran out thumping 4-1 winners at The Hawthorns.
And Krovinovic would love the scoreline to be just as emphatic tomorrow.
“When we played them at home, we won the game and we could have scored more goals,” he continued. “I hope we can have a repeat scoreline.
“I don’t think we should be afraid of them, but we should have respect for them, of course.
“We should believe in ourselves because we have real quality.
“It’s a very important game and that is all we are focused on right now.”
Krovinovic’s recent performances have drawn widespread acclaim from fans on social media.
But the midfielder says he tries to ignore the hype and just concentrate on his performances.
“I have seen a few messages from supporters on social media,” he added. “But if I am honest I don’t look too much.
“My brother and my friends have sent me some so I am aware of the messages from the fans when they are talking about my performances.
“I will let the fans decide if these last few months have been my best since joining on loan, it’s not up to me to decide. I will leave that to the fans and the people who enjoy watching football.
“But what I will say is that I’m very happy with the way I am playing and the fact that I am helping the team. I want that to continue.”