‘What I love’: Former Prem ace suggests he’d welcome West Brom move
Former Burnley defender Erik Pieters insists he plans to ‘carry on with football’ as West Brom consider whether to offer the free agent a contract at the Hawthorns, speaking to Lancs Live.
After what he described as a “devastating” end to the transfer window, Baggies boss Steve Bruce admitted the free transfer market could be very useful for a West Bromwich Albion side lacking depth in a number of key areas.
For example as a left back.
After all, Conor Townsend is the only natural left-back in Bruce’s squad. Hardly an ideal situation, with an already grueling Championship schedule packed even tighter than usual and the pre-Christmas World Cup looming on the horizon.
So the continued availability of Erik Pieters could really come in handy.
“I’m happy and I want to continue playing football,” explains the former Dutch international, who turned 34 in August.
“That’s what I love. (My age) is just a number because I feel great and I feel I showed last season that I can handle the Premier League physically and football-wise.
“The moment my body can’t take it, I stop. But I still have a few years left.”
West Brom are set to sign former Burnley left-back Erik Pieters
That may be all the encouragement West Brom need. According to Alan Nixon, Albion are ready to offer Pieters a contract after the former Stoke City defender spent the last few days training with the struggling Championship outfit.
West Brom could also bring in former Celtic playmaker Tom Rogic.
“I spoke to the owners,” adds Pieters, explaining his summer exit from Burnley. “I had a conversation with them about how they see me and what they want to do with me. They said they wanted to give me a new contract depending on where we were in the league, but that I was an experienced player and they wanted me to continue.
“So I waited and waited, I got one offer and there’s always room to talk. But I never heard from them. I went on holiday and got word that I was leaving and that’s how I found out when we didn’t hear from Burnley.
“It was weird. When you get the first offer, you always go back and talk, sometimes it takes a week or sometimes three months, but they were really strict and never came back with anything.
“I asked to train with them (this summer) to keep fit. But it was; ‘No, you’re not welcome.’ So that was clear and that chapter was quickly closed.”
However, there are still a few pages left in Pieters’ story. His story is not over yet.
In other news, Arsenal’s £7m loanee Arteta has called the media a ‘revelation’
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