Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Sebastien Pocognoli has made a surprising admission, claiming that he wants to stay at West Brom for next season, although it will depend on whether he plays more football.
Pocognoli said: “For me, my ambition is to stay and play for West Brom, maybe next season. If not, then for sure, I need to play, so we will see. Okay I’m not playing, but I’m quite happy with the other parts of my life here in West Brom and everything around West Brom. I don’t want to just leave the club. It needs to be a good opportunity.”
Pocognoli, 28, arrived at West Brom in the summer of 2014, and his signing was greeted with high hopes from fans given his impressive reputation and career.
He started as a main part of the first-team, playing 15 of the first 18 games of his career, but Tony Pulis’ arrival coincided with Pocognoli falling out of first-team contention.
Pulis prefers playing centre-backs in the full-back positions, meaning the Belgian has fallen out of contention - playing just four games this season.
He has not yet appeared at all in the Premier League this term, and it would not be a surprise to see the Belgian international ask to leave the Hawthorns at the end of this season if Pulis is to still be in charge next term.
However, he has confirmed that he is not looking to force a move away from the Baggies, as he is very happy with his life in the Midlands - even with his poor playing situation.
Pocognoli deserves praise for his patience and professionalism during his stay at the Hawthorns, and if Pulis was wise, he would be giving the left-back more chances to impress in the left-back position.