New West Bromwich Albion signing Sebastien Pocognoli has revealed that international teammate Romelu Lukaku had a big hand in his move to The Hawthorns.
Lukaku spent the 2012-13 season on loan with the Baggies, scoring 17 goals in 38 appearances, and Pocognoli said that the Chelsea striker, who he knows from the Belgium setup, convinced him to make the switch.
‘I follow the Premier League so I know West Brom is a good club,’ he said. ‘But my mate Romelu Lukaku played here before so I know a little bit about the club, the history. It's a good club, with a good image and for me it's exciting'.
‘I spoke to Romelu and he gave me the best opinion on the club,’ he added. ‘He was very positive and said to me that if I have the opportunity to go there then I should take it.
‘His experience here was great. He scored a lot of goals and his relationship with the supporters was very good too. Belgian players seem to do a good job here.
'It's a good window for the country and Belgian talent. I'm the newest one in the league so I will try to do my best for the club and team-mates.'
Signing from Hannover 96, Pocognoli played in 28 games for the Bundesliga club following his move from Standard Liege in January 2013 and is set to fill West Brom’s problem left-back position, after the departures of defenders Liam Ridgewell, Steven Reid and Goran Popov.
With 12 caps for Belgium since his 2008 debut, the 26-year-old was on stand-by for this summer’s World Cup squad, after narrowly missing out on the final 23, and will prove a solid addition as new manager Alan Irvine attempts to bolster a squad which only just staved off relegation last season.