Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has sung the praises of West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers claiming he is ‘just what they needed’ according to an interview with Football Insider.

The 28-year-old midfield enforcer has slotted seamlessly into the Baggies team since his arrival from Brentford in the summer and become a vital cog in Bilic’s side.

His displays have often gone under the radar but Whelan was quick to highlight the importance of Sawyers and how his performances allow the ‘flair’ players to shine.

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“West Brom needed that sort of player, there’s not many can do that sort of job and enjoy that job, doing the horrible side and not the flair side in the final third.”

“Without that sort of player, that doesn’t allow the Phillips and Robson-Kanu’s to get forward into that area. He gives you that security, he mops things up, he’s calm and composed on the ball, he’s aggressive in the right manner and he can pass a ball.”

“He’s just going very quietly, winning tackles, winning balls, keeping attacks going, you need players like that. He’s got the right mentality, doing a great job for the side, the unsung hero, doesn’t see too much of the dribbling and the fancy side.”

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With his man of the match award following their 2-0 victory over Stoke City on Monday evening, it is easy to see why Sawyers is becoming a firm fans’ favourite at the Hawthorns.

He has played in all 16 Championship games so far this campaign and has scored one goal and created one assist in that time. His pass completion rate is the highest in the division at 92% and his calmness and composure on the ball is to be very much admired.

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