Angry Bilic casts major doubt on West Brom future after Hegazi sale

Slaven Bilic cast major doubt on his future after angrily hitting out at the sale of Ahmed Hegazi.

Bilic said he was “disappointed” and insisted the club broke promises they would not sell the Egyptian defender – only to then let him join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad in a £4m deal just 24 hours before their trip to Brighton.

West Brom boss Bilic said: “I’m very disappointed with the Hegazi departure because I was assured this week he was staying… he was meant to play today, he’s a top professional, he had to wait for his chance but because of his know-how.

“I counted on him big time, to lose him on basically Sunday morning, yesterday morning find it out, makes me really disappointed.

“Definitely it wasn’t my decision, it wasn’t a football decision, I’m very disappointed we’re a team that needs all our good players.

Bilic wasn’t happy at Hegazi’s sale

“He is a player that has know-how in the Premier League, vast experience, he’s an international, a great professional, he played versus Burnley and was training the whole week… I had assurances he’d stay so that makes me very disappointed that he left.”

Bilic refused to answer a direct question as to whether he would consider his future before the Zoom video press conference was moved on to a question about reserve left backs.

But Bilic did praise goal hero Karlan Grant who scored the late leveller after 83 minutes in just his second game for the club with his first goal for the club.

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Karlan Grant scored his first goal for the Baggies

Bilic added: “It’s very important for them to score, centre forwards. The way he smashed it was brilliant for him and brilliant for us. I would say it was a fair result but I wanted the game to go on for another ten minutes for us…”

Brighton must feel disappointed they did not get their first home win of the season as they were much the better team in the first half, Adam Lallana was hugely influential and yet it took Jake Livermore’s own goal to give them a 40th minute lead.

It was all Brighton in the first half and yet they just do not seem able to press home their advantage and West Brom came back well after the restart.

Brighton missed Adam Lallana after he went off

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The turning point was arguably Lallana going off after an hour as Brighton boss Graham Potter continues to manage his minutes and the home side missed the ex-England midfielder’s influence.

It was all West Brom in the closing stages and it finished in more frustration for Brighton as they do not have the points they deserve but a point still leaves West Brom looking for their first win of the season.

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Potter said: “We created some good chances in the first half and with a bit more luck we could have had a bigger lead than 1-0.

“We have had some good performances this season. There is more to do, we have to improve but something to learn from and build from.”

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