There are still a plethora of deals to be done in and around the Football League before the window slams shut. Birmingham City thought they were nearing one of their own, but West Bromwich Albion had other ideas. Salford City man Brandon Thomas-Asante has excelled in League Two and earned himself a move. The Baggies have confirmed the signing of the forward on a permanent deal.
West Bromwich Albion Successfully Hijack Birmingham City Deal
We're delighted to announce the signing of Brandon Thomas-Asante from @SalfordCityFC for an undisclosed fee. ✍️
Welcome to Albion, Brandon! 💙🤍
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 31, 2022
Brandon Thomas-Asante Makes the Move
Just a few days ago, Brandon Thomas-Asante was on the verge of joining Birmingham City. The forward has been too good for the fourth tier of English football for a while now. West Bromwich Albion swept in and got a deal over the line for the Salford City man though, hijacking Birmingham’s interest.
The 23-year-old from Milton Keynes scored 11 times last term and he picked up where he left off this time around. With just six games in the books for Salford, Thomas-Asante has four goals to his name. Only three players in the whole division have more, Sam Hoskins of Northampton Town leading the way on seven. His game is more than just goals as well and so he is a great pickup for Steve Bruce.
Talking of the West Brom manager and he spoke very highly of his new player, saying: “Brandon further strengthens our attacking options and his versatility to play across our front line will, I’m sure, be of great value as we continue to take on a busy Championship schedule.”
Meanwhile, Thomas-Asante himself spoke on the transfer. He added: “I’m over the moon to be joining such a big club. It all came about quite quickly but as soon as I spoke to Steve Bruce I realised this was the right place for me.”
Brandon Thomas-Asante stats for Salford last season:
👕 43 apps
⚽️ 13 goals – Top goalscorer
🅰️ 4 assists
Already started this season with 5 goals, 2 assists in 7 games.
— West Brom Statto (@WBAStatto) August 31, 2022
A Mixed Start for West Bromwich Albion
Steve Bruce has been around the block several times and in some ways, this is to his detriment. A section of Baggies’ fans would rather have fresher ideas in play and after massively underperforming last season, it has been a mixed start this time around for West Bromwich Albion.
The deal for Alex Mowatt is a great one and he, along with Thomas-Asante and an already strong squad that they had, should be good enough to compete for promotion. That being said, the Championship is as strong as ever and so it’s easier said than done. It doesn’t get any easier for Bruce and co as they welcome Vincent Kompany and Burnley to the Hawthorns on Friday night, in front of the Sky Sports cameras.