Former Burnley and Stoke City defender Erik Pieters is currently training with West Brom ahead of a possible free agent deal.
The Lowdown: Pieters profiled
The 34-year-old has enjoyed an impressive career, not necessarily being a standout player at his clubs but proving to be a consistently solid performer at a high level for over a decade.
The veteran is currently without a club, however, and an interesting update has emerged regarding West Brom.
The Latest: Defender training with West Brom
According to The Express & Star, Pieters is training with the Baggies and has been for ‘some time’, although ‘talk of a contract’ has not yet been discussed.
A transfer certainly isn’t ruled out, however, and the fact that Steve Bruce is eyeing up free agents does suggest that a move could come to fruition.
The Verdict: Shrewd free transfer?
Should Pieters look fit enough in training, signing him on a free transfer could end up being a shrewd decision by West Brom, considering the know-how he possesses.
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The Dutchman is capable of thriving at wing-back, left-back and centre-back, meaning his versatility would immediately give Bruce more squad depth, and he can be a senior teammate for younger players around him to learn from.
At 34, Pieters wouldn’t exactly be seen as a key starter every week, but his form in his last season at Burnley was still mightily impressive – according to FBRef, he ranks in the 96th percentile amongst full-backs in Europe for tackles and the 99th percentile for blocks (last 365 days).
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