Croatian youngster joins on loan

Last updated : 19 July 2019 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Albion have begun their rebuilding process with the season long loan of Croatian Filip Krovinović from Benfica. 

The 23-year-old, who has been capped by his country at U19 and U21 level, becomes Slaven Bilic's first signing as Albion boss. 

The midfielder joined Benfica in 2017 from fellow Portuguese side Rio Ave in 2015. 

He has made 19 appearances for the Reds, including two appearnces last season in the Europa League against Galatasary and Dinamo Zagrab. 

Albion's Technical Director Luke Dowling says Krovinović arrival will add new energy to Albion's midfield. 

"Everyone here is delighted to have him with us, especially Slaven Bilić," he said. 

“It’s great that Filip is here in time to travel to our pre-season training camp in Spain. That trip will help build his fitness alongside his new team-mates, who he can also begin to get to know.

“Filip has gained good experience representing Benfica and we hope he will continue to develop as a player during his time at The Hawthorns.”