–West Brom boss raises hope for Eagles striker’s debut
West Brom manager Alan Irvine has raised fresh hopes Brown Ideye could be fit enough to make his Premier League debut at home to Sunderland next Saturday.
The club record signing only arrived at the club on Friday after a lengthy wait for a visa, and the Nigeria international forward sat out Saturday’s 3-1 friendly loss to Porto.
Irvine had first said he does not see Ideye being involved early in the season because he was not part of ‘The Baggies’ pre-season training due to his delayed arrival in England.
However, Irvine has now said he thinks Ideye, who has been signed from Dynamo Kiev for around £10m, may be able to play some part next weekend.
“We’re trying to gauge where he is in terms of his fitness,” Irvine told West Brom website.
“The situation at the moment is that he trained on Saturday and he trained again today (Sunday). We’ll talk on Monday regarding where we think he is.
“If he’s ready to play some part against Sunderland, that would be great. I know he trained extremely well yesterday and we need to see what the effect of that is.
“He didn’t do a lot of pre-season with Dynamo Kiev, so we’re relying a lot on his natural fitness and athleticism, rather than something that has been worked on.”