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West Brom and Bournemouth new signings rated and slated on opening day

Date Posted,August 12, 2017

Ahmed Hegazi had the perfect start to life at the Hawthorns as his goal edged West Brom past Bournemouth.

The Egyptain centre back is on a season loan from Al Ahly and reached a Chris Brunt

Hegazi was one of two Baggies debutants, with Jay Rodriguez also appearing in blue and white for the first time, while Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic started for the Cherries and Jermain Defoe came off the bench.

Our man at the ground, John Wragg, has run the rule over how the debutants performed.

Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom)

Hegazi scored on his debut (Image: Getty Images)

Never heard of him to be honest. Egyptian international on loan from Al Ahly with a view to a permanent deal. Baggies might snap him up now with this goal and performance.

VERDICT: HIT

Jay Rodriguez (West Brom)

Rodriguez looked lively up front (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Brought life, pace and ideas to a West Brom attack that is often deadly dull.Might have had a hat-trick. Deserved one. He’ll be worth his £12m.

VERDICT: HIT

Rekeem Harper (West Brom)

The latest graduate from West Brom’s academy. Made his debut at 17 years old in midfield in the second half as a sub for another home grown lad, Sam Field.

VERDICT: HIT

Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)

Ake spent the first half of last season at the Cherries (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Cost £20m after his loan. Hmmm. Where was he when Hegazi scored? No one challenged. Ake’s job to make sure that didn’t happen.

VERDICT: MISS

Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth)

Begovic made his first Cherries start between the sticks (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Justified his £10m move after being loaned to Bournemouth. Busy from the first minute. Conceded when ball went through his legs. But don’t blame him. He did well.

VERDICT: HIT

Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth)

Defoe was subbed on in the 64th minute (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Came on in the second half for his second ‘debut’ having scored 19 goals for the Cherries on loan back in 2000-01. Quiet re-start for him, but looks like they will be relying on him again.

VERDICT: MISS

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