Brandon Thomas-Asante: The first interview

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Brandon Thomas-Asante says he’s determined to grasp his Sky Bet Championship opportunity with both hands and prove he’s capable of excelling at Albion.

The promising forward arrived from Sky Bet League Two club Salford City on Wednesday, signing a three-year deal at The Hawthorns.

Thomas-Asante has made an impressive start to the 2022/23 campaign and bagged five goals in seven appearances for Salford before his switch to the Baggies.

The 23-year-old insists he’s full of confidence right now and says he’s ready for the challenge of replicating his eye-catching League Two displays in the second tier with Albion.

Brandon said: “I’m over the moon to be here. I know it’s cliché, but to get this over the line means everything to me and my family.

“I’m really eager to push on and show the fans that they’ve got something to look forward to.

“I’m really excited to meet all the boys and settle into the area. 

“It was quite a quick deal to get sorted. It was one of those where it seems pretty hectic, but when I spoke to the boss I knew everything was serious and in a position to move forward.

“As soon as I got on the phone to him my mind was made up and I wanted to get down here as soon as possible.

“I spoke to the manager on Tuesday morning. He let me know that he’s been watching me for a while, that he likes the way that I play the game and how he thinks I can bring something new to the team.

“As soon as I heard all that I was just really eager to come here and prove him right.

“This is definitely a step that I’ve been wanting to make in my career. I’ve been patient and there have probably been times where I’ve felt ready to make the step up and it just hasn’t happened for whatever reason.

“Sometimes those things happen for a reason and I now feel ready to go and ready to show everyone what I’m about and what I want to do on the pitch.

“I feel extremely confident right now. I feel like there’s a lot for me to prove but I’m definitely up for the challenge, that’s for sure.

“I feel like there’s a lot for people to be excited about but I know I need to prove that. From the first game, I want to show the supporters that I’m not just going to be a passenger. I want to push the team forward and work alongside all the players here to improve us.”

Thomas-Asante believes his energy and pace are two of his main attributes, but the frontman also discussed his “eye for goal” and how he hopes he can hit the back of the net on a regular basis for the Baggies.

“I like to think my energy and pace are two of my best attributes. I feel like they can be a benefit for the team.

“I’d like to think I have an eye for goal and I really like the feeling of hitting the back of the net. It’s the best feeling in the world and I want to try and have that feeling as many times as possible here.

“I love to dribble with the ball and to try and entertain the fans. I’ve been fortunate enough to play in front of supporters before who have seemed to like watching me play, so I hope I can entertain the supporters here at Albion.

“I know that there are players here like Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant and others with so much quality. I’m excited to play alongside them.”

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