Pipa | The First Interview


New Albion signing Pipa says the influence of Baggies boss Carlos Corberán was a big draw behind his deadline-day move to The Hawthorns.

The 25-year-old Spaniard is working alongside Albion's Head Coach for the third time in his career, having already played under the boss at Huddersfield Town and Greek side Olympiacos.

And Pipa explained the prospect of reuniting with Corberán in B71 gave him "a good feeling" for the season ahead. 

He said: "I worked with him for two years at Huddersfield. It was one year of suffering and adapting for me and for him I think, playing different football.

"Then we enjoyed the second year a lot. It was a beautiful year for the team and everyone there.

"I took a lot of positive things from him, in the bad moments and the good ones. It was two years to improve myself, to improve as a player and it gives me a good feeling to come back to England with him."


This will be the defender's second taste of Championship football having come just one game away from promotion to the Premier League in his last spell.

Pipa played the full 90 minutes in the Terriers' Play-Off Final defeat to Nottingham Forest at the end of the 2021/22 season and during his time at the John Smith's Stadium, the former Espanyol youth product featured 54 times, scoring twice.

Following a stint away from the UK, the attack-minded full-back admitted he missed playing in England's second tier. 

"The hardest thing I found when first coming to England was the strength of the league, it’s one of the toughest leagues I’ve played in," he added.

"But it’s also the quality and how demanding it can be. It’s very physically demanding for the players, mentally demanding too, but at the same time it’s exciting to play in because it gives you different challenges.

"Every game is so challenging, and the league is getting even harder so I know how difficult it is.

"It’s not easy to get points and to play here, but at the same time when you do play here you feel like you’re playing real football.

"When I left here before, I missed it. It’s a league that I really like."

Pipa in action in the Championship Play-Off final in 2022.

A Spain U21 international, Pipa built his grounding in the game by playing futsal as a youngster before earning his spot within Espanyol's ranks, and the Baggies' newest recruit believes he can offer qualities which will excite the club's supporters.

He continued: "I started playing futsal when I was very young. After that I moved onto real football, playing on a bigger pitch which is what I always wanted to play.

"I started in Spain, then moved to England for two years and then Bulgaria and now I’m back here again in England.

"I’ve moved quite a bit in this short period of time but I think that’s been good for me and my career to play in different leagues.

"I’m a player that is attacking with defensive qualities. My biggest strength is going forward, but I like to attack a lot and defend a lot.

“I can play both sides too which gives me different possibilities to play which is good for me.

"I’m a player that will attack, defend, work hard and give everything I can give.

Pipa in action for Espanyol.

"I want to help this club get the achievements that it aims for. I want to enjoy playing football here, give my best and achieve what we can achieve.

"You don’t have to think to arrive at one point, just try to give your best and everything will come.”

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