‘Shop window’ – Slaven Bilic explains West Brom’s transfer deal
Cheikh Diaby was a deal for West Brom that simply made sense.
The young French forward completed a move last week on a one-year deal, with the option of a further year, after leaving French outfit Le Havre’s academy this past summer.
Coveted by Valencia, Diaby agreed a transfer to The Hawthorns and Albion will be looking to help the 19-year-old discover the potential he clearly has.
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It’s certainly not going to hurt Albion in the long run, as Slaven Bilic points out.
Diaby, who will be utilised under Deon Burton in the club’s U23 side, is a risk-free addition.
“He is young, he has got pace, he has got strength, he has got talent,” Bilic explained. “It was a good opportunity and a great opportunity for him.
“It’s a great platform for him to improve and become a player. It was a no brainer, it doesn’t cost us a lot – practically nothing.
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“So it was a win-win situation for both of us. He needed a chance at this level. He is very young, he is 18.
“He needs to come into the shop window at a top club in a good league, and for us it’s always nice to have the opportunity to get a player who is 18 and has great potential.
“Now it’s down to him and us to fulfil that potential.”