Aston Villa have completed the signing of Tim Iroegbunam from West Bromwich Albion, with the club confirming the news last night.
The 18-year-old makes the move across the West Midlands after turning down the offer of a lucrative contract the Hawthorns and will be looking to make steps towards getting into the first team at Villa Park.
Iroegbunam is an athletic midfield player that was named as Albion’s academy player of the year last season and was certainly a player that the Baggies had very high hopes for.
The teenager is capable of playing both in a box to box and holding role, which means he has plenty of versatility to his game.
Iroegbunam was even named on the bench for West Brom’s final league game of last season and now leaves the club that he joined at the age of eight.
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It appears likely that the talented midfield player will link up with Villa’s under-23’s initially.
The pull of the Premier League is very strong for young players and as a result I can fully understand why this youngster has flown the nest in view of a move to Villa.
Albion clearly had big plans for him and were eager to tie him down to a fresh contract but sometimes that simply isn’t enough to convince a prospect that their development will be best served with your club.
Iroegbunam clearly has a lot of talent and I am sure he will do well in whatever he goes on to do next with Villa moving forwards, but at the same time it does appear that he may have got a chance at first team level for Albion.
In the end he has chosen to take on a new challenge in the league above and I don’t think anyone associated at West Brom will begrudge him for that, especially at this early stage in his career.