West Brom confirm defender transfer as Aston Villa claim is made
West Bromwich Albion have signed Ryan Shotton’s cousin, Saul Shotton.
Albion have snapped up the centre-half from Bury following the Gigg Lane club’s expulsion from the Football League.
The 18-year-old defender has signed a two-year deal after leaving the Shakers last month. He made six first team appearances for Bury.
Shotton will become a part of Albion’s under-23 development squad.
He is related to former Stoke City, Derby County and Birmingham City player Ryan Shotton, who is now with Middlesbrough.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have signed for the club,” said the teenager.
“I came in two weeks ago and I’ve really enjoyed the training and I’m obviously very happy to have signed a deal.”
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West Bromwich Albion sporting director Luke Dowling has spoken of the Aston Villa ‘chain reaction’ that has caused so much upheaval this summer.
As well as two high profile departures from the playing staff, in Morgan Rodgers and Louie Barry, Albion bosses have had to contend with a number of coaches leaving the Academy.
Former Academy manager Mark Harrison left the club for local rivals Villa earlier this summer, meaning a number of changes were required.
Harrison would eventually be replaced by Richard Stevens, who will join the club in the coming weeks.
The appointment of Stevens isn’t the first the club have made, though; Boaz Myhill has already taken up roles in the U23 set-up, while former Tottenham man David Kerslake is the academy’s new head of coaching.
Peter Gilbert, meanwhile, has replaced Mike Scott as U18 manager, having previously been Scott’s assistant prior to his exit for Derby County.
Speaking in the Albion’s supporter assembly, Dowling outlined how the changes had affected the culture of the Academy at The Hawthorns.
“Any departures from the Academy had been forced upon the Club.
“Mark Harrison, the former manager, left for Aston Villa causing a chain reaction by taking two staff members with him. U23s coach Jamie Smith had understandably opted to move to Doncaster for a first-team level appointment while Under 18s coach Mike Scott took a promotion at Derby.
What Bilic has said ahead of Huddersfield
Kyle Edwards is in contention to start for West Brom when they entertain Huddersfield Town this weekend – but the young winger won’t be wearing the captain’s armband at The Hawthorns!
Edwards took responsibility of leading Albion on the pitch as they rescued a point at Fulham last weekend. He entered the fray on the hour mark when, as part of a double substitution, Slaven Bilic withdrew on-field skipper Jake Livermore.
Academy star Edwards’ presence was required on one occasion when the referee summoned both captains for a chat after an argument between Aleksandar Mitrovic and Romaine Sawyers broke out, but otherwise it was Edwards’ impact on the final throes of the game that was the hot topic.
In the absence of Livermore, and club captain Chris Brunt, why was it that the armband didn’t make its way to Sawyers, or Kyle Bartley?
Boss Bilic has now explained that it was because the 21-year-old – who netted on the opening weekend of the season – was the longest serving player at the club.
He also hinted that he’s under serious consideration for a recall against the Terriers.
“I thought it was strange Kyle was captain – it’s not because of his character it’s because he is the longest here. I think it is that,” Bilic revealed.
“I don’t know what happened. You can’t have five captains. We have Jake and Chris Brunt, they are the captains.
“You have Chris who is club captain but at the moment he is not playing. You have Jake who is captain, but if this player gets injured, or if that player gets injured, especially if it happens during a game – I’m not a big freak about it – then you have to sort those things out.
Any suggestions that West Brom will be approaching the visit of Huddersfield with even an ounce of complacency have been quashed by Slaven Bilic.
The Terriers’ problems have been well documented; winless in 18, they’ve posted a single victory this calendar year and new boss Danny Cowley has it all to do to lift the club away from the perils of the relegation zone – and, potentially, successive drops down the league ladder.
Albion, on the other hand, are unbeaten in the Championship under Bilic, and are in fact the only team left in the entire division to boast such a record, but Bilic has assured supporters that the Baggies will not be taking their Yorkshire visitors lightly in any way when they arrive at The Hawthorns on Sunday morning.
“They have had a bad run, are they on a bad run? Yes, of course they are we shouldn’t lie about that, you can’t lie about that – they are on a bad run,” Bilic emphasised. “But they are a big club, they were in the Premier League last season, they have changed manager.
“They have some players who helped them stay in the Premier League and who played well when they got promoted.
“Something happened there, and it doesn’t have to be a big thing, for results to go like this. We have to give everything, we have to use that momentum is on our side. We have to draw on that confidence.
“We have to be doubly motivated to be beat them because they are very dangerous. They are in a very dangerous situation and they are in a special situation.”