Aston Villa’s move for West Brom starlet Tim Iroegbunam has now been completed, and it’s exciting news for the club’s fans.
According to recent reports from Football Insider, Dean Smith’s side had “agreed to pay a six-figure compensation fee to their rivals for Iroegbunam’s development costs”.
And now, writing on Twitter, The Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece said: “Tim Iroegbunam – West Brom’s academy player of the year – has completed his move to Aston Villa. Mark Harrison said of the 18-year-old: ‘Tim is an athletic midfielder who is technically very good. Tim has a lot of potential.’ #AVFC”
With Finn Azaz having just come through the door, and Louie Barry making the long way around from the Hawthorns via Barcelona, Iroegbunam becomes yet another former Baggies player to sign for Villa.
It’s a real statement of the kind of impressive work Villa are doing at academy level in helping to set up their future, and bring through the next Jack Grealish’s of the world.
A profile piece done by The Birmingham Mail said of Iroegbunam: “The 18-year-old, described as “combative and all-action” by Albion coaches, will look to link up with former teammate Louie Barry at Villa with the pair remaining close friends off the pitch. BirminghamLive has been told that Iroegbunam has turned down a new and improved contract at The Hawthorns in favour of moving to Villa Park.”
Villa fans have already seen first-hand the kind of promise and potential their academy side has, having watched them bravely fight against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the FA Cup third round earlier this calendar year.
That day saw Barry hit the headlines after finding the back of the net against the Reds, and the likes of Azaz and Iroegbunam will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of the teenage striker by making their own mark on the senior team at Villa Park.
Iroegbunam’s arrival is yet more exciting news for the club’s fans, who will no doubt be buzzing with the teenager’s arrival.