West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine: 'New recruits could play against Everton'

Irvine could call on new signings
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West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine admits that he could be forced to call upon his summer recruits against Everton this weekend.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has hinted that he could field some of his summer recruits against Everton this weekend.

Recent signings Joleon Lescott, Georgios Samaras, Silvestre Valera and Sebastian Blanco are yet to make their Baggies debuts due to fitness setbacks, but the Scot could be forced to throw them in at the deep end on Saturday.

"They are getting closer to where they would like to be, but the fact is we can't just wait before we expose these lads to first-team football," Sky Sports News quotes him as saying.

"We've had to throw in Brown Ideye and Jason Davidson before they were ready, but we had no choice.

"We will definitely have to bring players back before they are at the levels they need to be. That's the way things are, we're not really going to have much choice as far as that's concerned."

Irvine served as Everton youth coach between 2011 and 2014 before leaving to join the Baggies as first-team manager.

Nigeria's forward Brown Ideye drives the ball past Spain's defenders Alvaro Arbeloa and Gerard Pique during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group B football match, at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza on June 23, 2013
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