West Brom news: Bruce reacts to Chris Brunt departure

By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

12th Jun, 2020 | 5:00pm

'A shame... Big loss' - Exclusive: Bruce reacts to huge West Brom player news

The departure of Chris Brunt this summer will be a “big loss” for West Brom, according to Alex Bruce.

The former Northern Ireland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the midfielder for his quality and loyalty to the Baggies during his time in the Midlands.

West Brom confirmed last week that Brunt, 35, would be leaving the club this summer after 13 years at the Hawthorns.

Bruce, who played with Brunt for both club and country, believes it will be a sad time for Brunt and suggests he will be sorely missed when he departs.

Bruce told Football Insider: “When you’ve been a servant for so long it’s just a shame that time’s crept up on him.

“What a servant he’s been for them, he’s been an excellent player for them, he’s got a magnificent left foot – we’ve seen over the years how many goals he’s created and scored with that left-foot of his. 

“It’ll be a big loss to them and upsetting for Brunty as well – I’ve played with him with Northern Ireland, I played with him at Sheffield Wednesday so I know all about him as a player and what he can bring to a team. He’ll be a big loss.” 

Brunt has played 419 times for West Brom since joining from Sheffield Wednesday back in 2007.

He also has 65 caps under his belt for Northern Ireland.

In other West Brom news, Bruce believes the Baggies’ fires have been stoked by a Leeds United player’s bold comments.