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West Brom man will be fearing for his place in the squad after recent arrival

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West Brom will be one of the favourites to win promotion from the Championship this season, with Slaven Bilic’s side making a strong start to this year’s league campaign. 

There have been some doubts as to whether the Baggies have enough depth in their squad this term though, with a number of the club’s younger players being relied on towards the end of last season.

But one area that certainly needed to be strengthened was the goalkeeping position, with Sam Johnstone not having much competition between the sticks.

Jonathan Bond was the second-choice option for the Baggies, but Bilic seemingly wasn’t content with his current options in goal.

West Brom announced that they have completed the signing of Omani international Ali Al-Habsi, who will compete with Johnstone and Bond for a starting spot in Bilic’s squad.

Al-Habsi arrives with an impressive CV, and will fancy his chances of breaking into the starting XI in the near future.

His most recent spell in English football was with Reading, where he made 92 appearances for the Berkshire-based side across a two-year spell with the Royals.

The shot-stopper played a starring role for Reading in the 2016/17 season under Jaap Stam, when they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League after a defeat to Huddersfield Town on penalties in the Championship play-off final.

West Brom’s Jonathan Bond could drop further down the pecking order at West Brom after Al-Habsi’s arrival, which will be a familiar feeling for the 26-year-old.

Bond and Al-Habsi both trained together whilst at Reading, before Bond left the club in the 2017/18 season.

Al-Habsi’s glowing reputation at Reading is still there to this day, even after he completed a move to join Al-Hilal in July 2017.

His experience will be useful to West Brom, who have a relatively young squad heading into this season, as they target a return to the Premier League.

Bond will be fearing for his spot in the matchday squad for the Baggies, and rightly so, as Al-Habsi has already shown in the past, that he can play to a consistently high standard in the Championship.

It’s a frustrating time for Bond, who has been restricted to just a handful of starts for West Brom, since he moved to The Hawthorns earlier this season.

He’ll know that Al-Habsi is an excellent goalkeeper, who will add a lot to the Bilic’s squad both on and off the pitch, so he needs to step up and make a good impression in training to get into the squad ahead of the Omani international.

West Brom are next in action at the weekend, when they take on Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns.


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