Filip Krovinovic is perfect fit for West Brom

Slaven Bilic has explained why he is so eager to re-sign Filip Krovinovic – with Albion’s head coach hailing the Croatian as the ‘complete midfielder’.

Filip Krovinovic of West Bromwich Albion and Matheus Pereira of West Bromwich Albion as they celebrate promotion to the Premier League on the pitch at the end of the match (AMA)
Filip Krovinovic of West Bromwich Albion and Matheus Pereira of West Bromwich Albion as they celebrate promotion to the Premier League on the pitch at the end of the match (AMA)

Krovinovic impressed in 43 outings for the Baggies last season – playing a key role both on and off the pitch in the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

Albion have been locked in talks with Benfica about re-signing the Croatian with Bilic saying last week he would be ‘extremely disappointed’ if his countryman didn’t return to The Hawthorns.

In the last few days though a breakthrough has been made with Krovinovic expected to again join the Baggies on a temporary basis once he has put pen to paper on a new deal with Benfica.

Bilic has previously hailed Krovinovic’s impact in the dressing room, with the boss saying the 25-year-old is always smiling. But his ability on the pitch is why Bilic was so keen for him to return – with the boss believing he is a player with huge potential.

“Make no mistake it’s a bonus that he’s loved here, that everybody likes him and he’s a positive guy – that’s a bonus,” Bilic said.

“But we didn’t bring him here for that. We’re bringing him for his quality.

“He’s a complete midfield player. He’s got a bit of everything – he’s comfortable on the ball, he gives everything.

“In the second half of the season he became more of a goal threat than when he joined us.

“With him you can be versatile. He’s an unsung hero – you don’t see it straight away when you’re watching the game, but he’s helping the players be in a better position or better situation.

“He’s always available, a box-to-box midfielder who gives everything.

“That’s why I insisted on him. Thank God, hopefully, it’s going to happen, basically in a matter of hours.”

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