Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed the West Brom board for selling Ahmed Hegazi behind manager Slaven Bilic’s back.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa striker claimed the decision will cost the Baggies vital points this season in their bid to avoid relegation.
Hegazi was sold to Saudia Professional League side Al-Ittihad Jeddah last month with Bilic insisting the transfer was against his and the player’s wishes.
Bilic told Sky Sports: “It definitely wasn’t my decision. It wasn’t a football decision to be fair. I am very disappointed. We are a team that needs all our good players.”
The Egpyt international played once this season, a 0-0 draw with Burnley – the Baggies’ only Premier League clean sheet.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of the decision to sell Hegazi, Agbonlahor said: “I think it’s a bit of a delicate situation there now.
“It’s ridiculous and I know some managers out there that would have left the next day if that happened.
“You prepare a squad for a season and to get players taken out of that squad behind your back it’s shocking.
“I’m sure it’s something that they’ll regret because if Bilic runs out of centre-halves, he will say to them that ‘I could have done with a Hegazi in this game and maybe I would have got a point rather than lost the game.’
“So it’s not good to see and it’s not a good relationship to see within a club.”
Hegazi played 103 times for West Brom and was part of the side that got relegated from the Premier League in 2018.
He played a bit-part role in their promotion last season and started just 14 Championship games.
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