The City Ground

Next Game

N Forest v West Brom

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 13:30

Friendly Match

The Hawthorns

Last Game

West Brom 0 - 0 Wycombe

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Amalfitano was well scouted

West Bromwich Albion sporting and technical director Richard Garlick has revealed that the club spent five years tracking Morgan Amalfitano before finally securing his services over the summer.

Last Updated: 01/10/13 at 18:49 Post Comment

Morgan Amalfitano: Has impressed since completing loan move to West Brom

Morgan Amalfitano: Has impressed since completing loan move to West Brom

The Frenchman was drafted into the Hawthorns on a season-long loan after 17 scouting reports had been carefully assessed.

The club's due diligence has been rewarded by a bright start to life in England for the 29-year-old - with two goals scored and three assists laid on to grateful team-mates, including a stunning effort in the 2-1 victory over Manchester United.

West Brom were left in no doubt that Amalfitano would prove to be a shrewd acquisition and were delighted to see an unexpected transfer door opened by Marseille on 1st September.

Garlick told the Birmingham Mail: "I don't think, internally, we're that surprised at how well he's done.

"We've got 17 reports over the last five years and we followed him a lot over the last two years. Steve Clarke also knew him from games against Marseille in the Champions League.

"We had watched him for a while but he was someone we weren't really expecting to become available to us. He was clearly at the level we thought was right for us."

Garlick added on a player who could make a permanent move in 2014: "He can play as a No.10 or anywhere in midfield. He's hit the ground running.

"Morgan has played at a high level for some time. He's used to that level. The bar is set high now. If we are going to improve the squad we need to bring in players who have played at a high level.

"We are an attractive proposition for clubs overseas. Those people who do their homework will know what we're about.

"It would be nice to do things earlier in the transfer window but sometimes it isn't possible - Stephane Sessegnon being a case in point. We didn't expect him to become available."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers coy as Liverpool's bid for QPR's Loic Remy collapses

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool have pulled out of a deal to sign Loic Remy but refused to clarify why.

Transfer news: Liverpool sign Croatia defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton

Liverpool have completed the £20million signing of Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren from Southampton.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property