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Transfer Flashback: Ahmed Hegazi joins West Brom permanently

Transfer Flashback: Ahmed Hegazi joins West Brom permanently

The 27-year-old made his debut for the club on the 12th of August after joining on a season-long loan, scoring a headed goal in a 1-0 win over Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.

Supporters were over the moon with the club’s decision to bring Hegazi to the club permanently, as they took to the confirmation on Twitter to express their delight over the signing.

Ahmed Hegazi’s professional playing career began on 24 November 2009, when he made his debut with Egyptian Premier League club Ismaily playing as a full-back.

The Egyptian then secured a move to Italian side Fiorentina on the 22nd of December 2011, but he was rather underwhelming during his time at the club as he couldn’t quite ensure consistency, which forced him into joining Perugia on loan for the second half of the 2014-15 season.

His career really started to take off at Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly, as he joined them on a five-year deal. Indeed, he managed to enjoy a couple of very successful seasons in his home country, which caught the eye of then Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

On the 17th of July 2017, Hegazi joined West Bromwich Albion on loan from Al Ahly until the end of the 2017–18 season, with Albion holding an option to trigger a permanent transfer. And, after impressing during the first half of the campaign, the Baggies decided to bring him to the club permanently for a fee of £4.5 million.

Indeed, the Egyptian international impressed during his time in the Premier League as supporters thought they’d found their new hero, but he has been rather inconsistent since dropping down to the Championship, despite scoring one goal and providing one assist this season.

Overall, the central defender has proved to be a bargain coup as he signed for only £4.5 million and went on to deliver a number of quality performances in the top-flight, but improvements are required in the current campaign.

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