West Bromwich Albion made their sixth signing of an exciting summer transfer window on Tuesday. As revealed by the club’s official website, West Brom have landed Liverpool right-back Andre Wisdom on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Liverpool, and while his potential has been evident for some time, first-team chances have been few and far between for the Englishman.
After spending a year in the Championship with Derby County last season, Wisdom is now back among the English elite, and West Brom manager Alan Irvine expressed his joy at having a player of Wisdom’s calibre on board:
I’m delighted to welcome Andre to the club. I've spoken to Brendan Rodgers, who I've known for a very long time and who I trust implicitly. He said Andre would do a good job for us. That was reassuring. He's a versatile lad. He's played as a right-back for Liverpool in the Premier League last season, he also played as a full-back for Derby.
In addition, technical director Terry Burton noted that Wisdom is "a good defender and he looks to enjoy stopping the opposition from playing which a quality we want our players to have."
Albion came perilously close to relegation last season, and it’s evident that the 59 goals that they conceded over the course of the campaign had a lot to do with it (per PremierLeague.com).
However, with Wisdom now in their ranks, West Brom are moving closer to finding a solution to their leaky defensive problems. Squawka Football’s statistics back that up, noting that the right-back is incredibly reliable:
Andre Wisdom did not make a single defensive error in 37 games throughout the Championship last season. pic.twitter.com/aIPTCQHN9o— Squawka Football (@Squawka) July 22, 2014
Wisdom is not merely a defender, though. He has a keen eye to get forward and create chances for his team-mates, picking up three assists for Derby last season, according to WhoScored.com.
Though West Brom fans have plenty of reason to rejoice after securing the services of Wisdom, sports journalist Dieter Kurtenbach believes Liverpool will also benefit from the loan switch:
Andre Wisdom to West Brom is a good move for both sides.— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) July 19, 2014
He’s not wrong, either, as Albion will undoubtedly aid Wisdom’s Premier League progression before he goes back to Anfield to attempt to snatch the No. 2 shirt from Glen Johnson’s grasp.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recently agreed, saying to the club’s official website that West Brom is the ideal club for his youngster:
He (Wisdom) now has the opportunity to go to another very good coach in Alan Irvine, who I know from my youth days. He is an excellent coach and West Brom are an excellent club. West Brom have been a rising club for the last few years in the Premier League. He'll go there and it will be another chance for his education and development to continue.
Liverpool’s temporary loss will undoubtedly be their gain in the long run, as Wisdom has all the credentials of a first-rate right-back.
Wisdom's exciting ability going forward and solid defensive attitude mean West Brom have signed a real talent for the upcoming campaign, and it’s not only Liverpool who can look forward to seeing Wisdom progress, as he could soon be on the international radar with England.