West Bromwich Albion head coach Slaven Bilic has claimed that Romaine Sawyers is one of the best midfielders he has worked with, following his excellent start to the season for the Baggies.
Sawyers joined West Brom from Brentford in the summer for a reported fee of £2.9million and has been one of the standout players for Albion so far this term.
Since returning to the club that he left back in 2013, the midfielder has played been able to establish himself as an integral member of the side and has played an extremely important role in the Baggies’ excellent start to the campaign under Bilic.
Sawyers has made 18 appearances in the Championship so far this season and has formed a very strong partnership partnership with Jake Livermore in central midfield.
West Brom have won their last five matches in the Championship and will return to the top of the league table with a victory over Swansea City tomorrow afternoon.
Ahead of the game, Bilic has heaped praise on Sawyers for the way he has performed so far this season.
Speaking to the Express & Star, the Baggies head coach described Sawyers as one of the best midfielders he has ever worked with, but also challenged him to keep pushing himself to improve.
Bilic said: “I’ve worked with some midfielders and I’ve played with some midfielders – he’s there. Every game he’s getting better and better.
“He was doing that at the beginning, at Brentford last season and a few seasons before that, he’s been very consistent.”
He added: “But can he do even better? Of course he can.
“He should also never be happy but in a positive way, not in a negative way. Of course, he is playing good. But when you have so much ability, you can improve in every game and in every month.”
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Sawyers is a very talented footballer and he’s been one of the most underrated players in the Championship over the past few years in my opinion.
The midfielder has been excellent for West Brom so far this season and he’s clearly going to have an extremely important role to play in their promotion push under Bilic.
He’s improved so much since he left West Brom over six years ago and for just £2.9million, he’s looking like he could turn out to be one of the signings of the season for the Baggies.
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