Filipe Texeira riding high in England PDF Print E-mail

Midfielder arouses interest from Premiership clubs

Filipe TeixeiraWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has praised the impact of Filipe Teixeira, and admitted that the Championship club could find it difficult to keep the Portuguese winger at the club.

The 27-year-old has been in fine form for the Baggies since his 900,000 euro move from Academica during the summer, most recently scoring twice and setting up another as WBA ran out 4-0 winners at Coventry on Monday evening.

Last season’s failure to achieve promotion via the playoffs saw the Midlands club forced to sell a number of star players, and Mowbray fears that Premiership interest in Teixeira could prove testing come January.

“There have been several Premier League scouts at a number of our matches this season and I am sure some of them will have been watching Filipe,” he said.

“He showed his quality again (against Coventry) and, if the same thing happens as last season, it might be interesting to see what develops.

Excellent adaptation

“He is having an excellent season for us, he has adapted to the English game very well and, if he continues in the same vein, I think he is a player who could play at a higher level.

“Not many people will have known that much about him when we brought him over here, but they sure do now.

“He’s the type of player I like. I like technically brave players who accept the ball in tight areas, can manipulate it, pick a pass to split defences and play with their head. He ticks all of those boxes.

“When we studied him it was just a question of where can we play him to get the best out of him on the football pitch.”

Teixeira currently has five goals to his name as West Brom lie second in the Championship, which would secure the club automatic promotion back to the top flight after two years in England’s second tier.

November 13, 2007

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