Bryan Oviedo has taken to the press today to explain the mystery that surrounds his failed move to West Bromwich Albion.
The Costa Rica international was set to follow Stefan Johansen, Jacob Murphy and Jefferson Montero to The Hawthorns on transfer deadline day, travelling to the Midlands before passing a medical and signing a contract.
The deal was never announced, however. And, speaking to CRHoy, Oviedo claims this was because the required documentation were never delivered on time.
But it seems that West Brom fans won’t be losing too much sleep about missing out on the former Everton benchwarmer.
Left-back is one of the strongest areas of Darren Moore’s squad after all. In former Arsenal and England flyer Kieran Gibbs, West Brom arguably have the best left-back in the Championship while Connor Townsend has looked like a more than capable deputy whenever he has been called upon this season.
28-year-old Oviedo looked like little more than experienced back up – an option West Brom hopefully won’t need if Gibbs and Townsend stay clear of injuries and suspension until the end of the campaign.
Glad we didn't get Oviedo in tbh, we didn't need him. Townsend is a very good back up for Gibbs #wba— Birmingham Baggie (@BigAl932) February 1, 2019
Very pleased we have got #Johansen in, hearing he is a very good player, especially at this level. #Montero and #Murphy decent too. Glad we didn't get #Oviedo. Blimey he can't get in the Sunderland team in league one. Shame we couldn't get #HarveyBarnes back. #WBA #DeadlineDay— Ian Kendrick (@iankenny75) January 31, 2019
Not fussed as long as we don't let the second best left back in the league go— Theo (@theopoly40) January 31, 2019
Didn't need him tbf— Cameron (@Cameron85990253) January 31, 2019
Wonder what’s happening with Oviedo? Personally I’d rather have Townsend as back up to Gibbs all day— Aaaaaaant. (@ant_wba_maddock) January 31, 2019
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