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STAT ATTACK: Focus on World Cup duo

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11:00 6th August 2014

Partners WhoScored.com take a closer look at Davidson and Gamboa

ANOTHER Barclays Premier League season rolls around next week and a summer of transfer activity is in full swing. 

Albion have already brought no fewer than eight players in, the two most recent of which starred at the World Cup in Brazil last month. 

Here, football statistics website WhoScored.com give us the lowdown on new boss Alan Irvine's latest recruits.

Costa Rica were by a distance the biggest surprise package at the 2014 World Cup, topping a group containing three previous world champions, conceding only one goal in the process, before overcoming a previous European champion in the second round of the competition. 

Cristian Gamboa was a star of the incredible journey Costa Rica embarked on.

He was ever-present in his country's starting line-up throughout their campaign, and was key in maintaining their fantastic defensive record against some of the best teams on the planet. 

In WhoScored's tackles per game standings, Gamboa ranked fifth out of 404 players, constantly breaking up play to keep the opposition at arm's length.

Primarily a right-back, Gamboa is a fantastic addition to the squad, and having proven himself on the world stage, registering a highly impressive average WhoScored rating of 6.99 over the course of five extremely challenging matches.

Strengthening the other side of Albion's defence, Jason Davidson has arrived at The Hawthorns after playing 90 minutes in all three of Australia's games in Brazil. 

His average rating of 6.96 in probably the only group that was tougher than Costa Rica's highlights how well he performed and his pedigree at the highest level.

Davidson comes to the Premier League on the back of two and a half successful years with Heracles in Holland, where he firmly established himself as first-choice at left-back last season. 

Davidson started 30 of a possible 34 matches, marauding up and down the flank to threaten going forwards but also remaining solid defensively.

As his heat-map shows, he gets forwards regularly, and boasts crossing as a 'very strong' aspect of his game according to WhoScored's stats, he will certainly be of use going forward.

He and Chris Brunt could combine to produce a lethal set of left-footers on that flank, from whom Albion's strikers will likely profit regularly. 

His other strengths included key passes, aerial duels and concentration, while his style of play indicates that he prefers to stand off opponents and does not dive into tackles.

Both players arrive in England having built their reputations as good, solid defenders in Brazil this summer, and the prospect of them lining up in Baggies colours is an exciting one. 

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