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Steve Clarke urges patience from Goran Popov

Clarke urges patience from Popov
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New West Bromwich Albion defender Goran Popov must wait to feature for the club, according to manager Steve Clarke.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has called upon new signing Goran Popov to bide his time at The Hawthorns.

The 27-year-old completed a switch to the Baggies last month on a season-long loan deal from Dynamo Kiev.

However, Clarke has warned Popov, as well as his teammates, that nobody is guaranteed a place in the starting lineup.

"Goran is under no illusions," said Clarke. "He knows he is coming in to fight for a place in the team and all the players now, after the start we've had, realise that they have to fight for their place in the team.

"As long as the competition is healthy then it can only be good for the club.

"If the team is performing well and getting results then the players not in the team will be disappointed but they're not stupid. They understand that they have to wait for their chance and it will come because it's a long season."

Clarke's side are currently third in the Premier League table.

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