James McClean admits West Brom are the biggest club he's played for

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The Irishman has also turned out for Sunderland, Wigan and Derry City, but reckons the Baggies are his biggest side yet.

New West Brom signing James McClean has been paying tribute to the club after they brought him back to the Premier League, in a move which is sure to rile a few supporters at his former club Sunderland, according to quotes from the Birmingham Mail.

The 25-year-old returned to the top flight after a two-year spell with Wigan in the Championship, and he looks very keen to get on the good side of West Brom fans if his comments are anything to go by.

“I am back in the Premier League and I’m back with probably the biggest club I have played for so far in my career, so it’s worked out very well," the Republic of Ireland international told the Mail.

"I’m delighted. The Premier League is where you want to be, it is the pinnacle.

"It’s got so much money now about it - the television rights, the publicity, it’s got all the best players. It’s where you want to be."

Having turned out for North-East giants Sunderland when he first moved to England, McClean may have to be prepared for some abuse the next time he visits the Stadium of Light, considering he places the Baggies above the Black Cats in terms of size.

Both sides would have claims to being bigger than the other, but the winger is merely happy to have come back up from the lower divisions.

"I took a chance and dropped out of the Premier League to join Wigan," he said. "Hopefully that’s not the case in the future.

"I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career now at West Brom and pushing on and hoping it’s going to make it a success."

So who is bigger: Sunderland or West Brom?

Traditionally, Sunderland have been much the more accomplished side in the league, having won six top tier titles compared to one Baggies' championship.

However, each side has won league title to their name since World War One, which indicates when the Black Cats had most of their success.

Both have done ok in the cups over the years, with Sunderland the last side to win a major trophy when they won the FA Cup in 1973. But in that competition it is West Brom who are the more successful, coming out on top six times to two.

The two clubs have both suffered relegations down to the Championship since the turn of the century, though they have managed to return to the Premier League relatively quickly.

If you only look at the last season, West Brom could be argued to be the stronger side, with Tony Pulis dragging them up to 13th place compared to Sunderland's 16th, but the Black Cats have contested a Wembley final as recently as 2014, while the Baggies haven't been to Wembley since 1970.

Clearly, its best to let the supporters of the two teams debate who is the bigger side, and then congratulate James McClean for starting such a healthy and well-meaning discussion.

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