Carlos Corberan namechecks the two players he knew would improve West Brom this season
West Brom manager Carlos Corberan insists he always knew Cedric Kipre and “special” Alex Mowatt would help improve the quality of his squad this season.
Kipre and Mowatt returned to The Hawthorns in the summer following loan spells with Championship rivals Cardiff City and Middlesbrough last time out.
Both men have featured regularly this campaign and were both on the scoresheet in Albion’s thumping 4-0 win at Preston North End on Saturday [30 September].
Reflecting on the display of his side, Corberan is quoted by the Express & Star [2 October] as saying: “I knew that I was analysing the last year the levels of Mowatt and Kipre and we considered they were two players that could help the team perform better.
“For me, Mowatt is a special player who has some special skills. He has been working a lot to grow as a player and still is a player who can do more things for us.
“And when you see the level of him, or Okay [Yokuslu], or [Jayson] Molumby before, or [Nathaniel] Chalobah, it is important for us to recover and get the best level from the players we have.”
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Kipre impressed for Cardiff last season and has started eight of West Brom’s nine Championship matches since returning.
Mowatt was also a regular for Boro in 2022-23, playing 30 times in total, and he has now nailed down a spot in Corberan’s midfield.
The 28-year-old was handed his first start in the draw with Millwall and retained his place versus Preston at the weekend.
His goal and all-around game was impressive, so it would not be a surprise to see him start once again against Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.
Albion may not have been able to splash cash on new players in the summer, but Kipre and Mowatt’s returns had the classic ‘new signing’ feel.
Or at least it does on reflection, as the two men have made an impact in what has been a bright start to the campaign overall. Long may that continue.