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West Brom Scout Quit When Club Ignored His Advice to Sign Virgil Van Dijk From Celtic

West Brom Scout Quit When Club Ignored His Advice to Sign Virgil Van Dijk From Celtic

Scout Stuart Millar has revealed he resigned from his role at West Bromwich Albion after the club ignored his pleas to sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic several years ago.

The Netherlands captain was on the radar of scouts across Europe after impressing during his two-year stay at Celtic Park before signing for Southampton for around £13 million in 2015.

As we all know, van Dijk became the world’s most expensive centre-back when he joined Liverpool in January for a staggering £75 million – but Millar has revealed things could’ve been very different if the Baggies hierarchy had listened to his advice.

Now in the role of director of football at Stranraer, Millar explained via the Sun: “In my time at West Brom, I had to watch van Dijk 20 times. That was my brief.

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“I knew after 20 minutes that he was good enough to play in the English Premier League.

“I recommended him to Tony Pulis and said, ‘We must sign him’. I put on the report, ‘If we sign Van Dijk we’ll double our money in two years’.

“I got that wrong because it was about ten times the value they got back.

“Unfortunately West Brom didn’t pursue that, which was frustrating on my part and ultimately why I left West Brom — because I was certain I was recommending a player who was top notch.

“I think it should be an embarrassment to every other club that watched him and didn’t pursue him.”

Given former West Brom boss Tony Pulis loves a commanding and dominating defender, is it strange that they ignored Millar’s reports?

And might they still be in the Premier League right now if they’d listened?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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