New West Brom signing Ahmed Hegazy is clearly not just there to make up the numbers

Ahmed Hegazy of West Bromwich Albion in action during the pre season friendly match between Burton Albion and West Bromwich Albion at Pirelli Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

West Bromwich Albion brought the centre-back in on loan and he has impressed during pre-season.

When West Bromwich Albion signed Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazy earlier this summer, Baggies fans would have been forgiven for questioning the move.

After all, a number of centre-backs with Premier League experience had been linked with a switch to The Hawthorns only for manager Tony Pulis to sign a 26-year-old from Egypt with no experience of English football.

Mike Calverley (R) of Port Vale tackles Ahmed Hegazy of West Bromwich Albion during the pre season friendly match at Vale Park on August 1, 2017 in Burslem, England.

But a quick glance at Hegazy during pre-season proves West Brom may have signed an absolute gem in a bargain swoop.

Baggies fans have seen a no-nonsense centre-back willing to get stuck in who has already looked the part against Premier League opponents Leicester City and Crystal Palace during the Asia Trophy.

While it is early days, and it is far easier to shine in friendlies than during the eight-month slog of competitive action he is about to face for the first time, Hegazy is clearly not just there to make up the numbers.

The new West Brom defender has slotted into the starting line-up alongside Jonny Evans in impressive fashion, and while he is not the fastest of players, Pulis's habit of playing deep means that should not be a problem.

Hegazy was fighting something of a losing battle when he first arrived, with fans unimpressed with a loan move for a player most had never heard of.  

Yet he has quickly won them round this summer and, if he delivers in the first few weeks of the season, he should become a new fan favourite at the club in no time.

Ahmed Hegazy of West Bromwich Albion in action during the pre season friendly match between Burton Albion and West Bromwich Albion at Pirelli Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

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