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New West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has hit the ground running at the Hawthorns with a potential move for Porto defender Diogo Queiros on the cards, according to the print edition of Portuguese newspaper A Bola (8/7/19).
Bilic has already snapped up midfielder Filip Krovinovic from Benfica and it looks like he is returning to Portugal in an attempt to sign Queiros, who plays for Porto B having made 47 appearances since joining in 2017.
So would Queiros prove a good signing at the Hawthorns?
“I’ve said it before and no doubt I’ll say it again before the summer is out; there isn’t as much value as you think in bringing in foreign players at this level.
“Forest are a gleaming example and although every so often a Ruben Neves pops up, all too often there is a Goncalves or a Gil Dias.
“It’s a hard league to settle in, arguably more competitive than the Portuguese top flight and certainly different in terms of the climate.
“Nothing can quite prepare you for an away trip to Millwall in mid-winter and that shows in a large portion of the imports who arrive in the Championship.
“If this is going to be the Baggies policy, I fear for them as much as I do Forest this season.”
“I’m not sure about this one for the immediate future.
“Queiros does appear to have plenty of potential, as indicated by his recruitment for a club the size of Porto, and his experience in lifting the UEFA Youth League with the Portuguese side.
“You do however have to wonder if his experience means he is ready to be dropped into the centre of a promotion chasing Championship side’s defence, particularly given he has yet to even make his debut for Porto’s senior side.
“The Baggies certainly appear to need some new defensive options following the departure of Craig Dawson and rumours and Ahmed Hegazi, but it feels as though they may need a more established defender for the coming campaign – even if taking Queiros as one to build for the future may not be a bad idea.”
“This might not be a bad deal for the Baggies to conduct this summer, with Bilic certainly needing defensive reinforcements.
“The loss of Dawson has underlined that, but last year West Brom were poor at the back and fresh blood is needed to overcome those problems.
“Queiros has good pedigree, and although he might not be able to oust Bartley or Hegazi from the centre-back positions, he offers another bod if Albion turn to a three, or if one is injured.
“I say this with nearly everyone Albion are linked with, but it is good to see younger players on the radar. Now is the time for the ‘old guard’ to start moving on, with some focus on a different generation.”