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Slaven Bilic: Chris Brunt has been 'instrumental' for West Brom this season

Slaven Bilic says Chris Brunt has been instrumental for Albion this season – with the club legend potentially set to be named in a Baggies squad for the final time tomorrow.

Chris Brunt (AMA)
Chris Brunt (AMA)

Northern Irishman Brunt is immensely popular with Albion’s fans for the outstanding service he has given the club over the past 13 years.

But it was revealed back in June the 35-year-old will leave The Hawthorns when his contract expires at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Bilic’s side host QPR tomorrow knowing a win will see them secure a return to the Premier League in what is the final league game of the season.

Should they draw or lose, though, they could end up in the play-offs with either Brentford or Fulham clinching a place in the top two.

Hopefully, though, tomorrow and a return to the top flight will be Brunt’s swansong.

And Bilic says the midfielder has made a huge contribution this season, even if he has been limited to just 10 appearances.

“If there was a guy who didn’t have information, and was not inside the training ground or the dressing room, or The Hawthorns, or hotels that we stay in, and they counted his minutes, they’d say he did not have an important role,” Bilic said.

“But he has been instrumental.

“On the pitch when we’ve needed him, I don’t remember him putting a foot wrong.

“On the contrary, he helped us in those games big time.

“Off the pitch, around the place, in training. I’ve been around a long time, and he’s an unbelievable character – in a positive way.

“He’s Mr Albion, and I’ve told him that.

“What I’ve said before, I can only repeat. That is a big thank you.”

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