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Cedric Kipre has endured a frustrating time at West Bromwich Albion since his arrival at the club last summer.
Kipre joined the Baggies from Wigan Athletic for around £900,000, but failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League last season.
The defender has made one appearance in the Championship so far this season, featuring against Bournemouth on the opening day of the campaign.
But despite Matt Clarke picking up an injury, game time has been hard to come by for Kipre. Dara O’Shea is now injured, with the club set to move for Kean Bryan on a free transfer.
What lies in store for Kipre, then? We discuss…
Cedric Kipre’s move from Wigan Athletic to West Bromwich Albion has not gone according to plan.
Considering the majestic form he showed in the second half of 2019/20 under Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic, it felt like the Frenchman would compete for a regular spot with the Baggies in the Premier League the following season.
Sometimes it can just be the wrong club at the wrong time and despite probably being on one of the more lucrative contracts of his career, at 24 Kipre needs to be playing regularly.
The addition of Kean Bryan means Kipre is one of six senior centre backs at the Hawthorns, even if they deploy a back three system he is likely to be surplus to requirements.
Dara O’Shea’s injury may give Kipre a last chance saloon at West Brom, but his chances are running out and with Valerien Ismael starting so brightly at the helm, the Frenchman’s days are numbered. A January exit looks likely.
It is difficult to determine if Cedric Kipre has a future at West Brom, with the arrival of Kean Bryan rising further questions about what his role will be this season.
The fact that Dara O’Shea and Matt Clarke are both injured does make the signing of an additional centre-back necessary, but it will be no surprise to see Bryan accelerating past Kipre into Valerien Ismael’s plans.
Kipre is now 24, and he is at an age where the importance of regular first-team minutes is heightened.
Kipre has displayed that he is a strong Championship defender, but it remains to be seen how many chances he will have to prove that at West Brom.
When Clarke and O’Shea return to fitness, and granted that is before the end of the January transfer window, it will be no surprise to see him depart.
And if that is the case, it will also be no shock to see him shine elsewhere.
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It’s been a very frustrating start to his West Brom career so it will be interesting to see if this will be the final straw for him or not.
I certainly think he could function well as part of Ismael’s plans moving forwards but he is so far down the pecking order now.
It will depend on how much depth the Baggies want in that area of the team really, as the injury to Dara O’Shea could open the door to Kipre.
He will want to be playing regularly moving forwards though, so may not take kindly to being a squad player.
Only time will tell if he has a future at the Hawthorns or not.