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Pep: Jeremie can be an important player for us

Jeremie Bela
Jeremie Bela

He showed himself very aggressive when it comes to getting us forward, he has a lot of intensity. He has character, as well.

Pep Clotet on Jeremie Bela

Pep Clotet says 'dangerous' Jeremie Bela can become a key component for Blues.

The forward made his debut as a 62nd minute substitute against Fulham, just days after completing his free transfer move to the Club.

With another rapid winger Jefferson Montero making his comeback from injury, also as a substitute as Blues pushed for an equaliser, the pair have added extra options to the way Blues can attack, along with Jacques Maghoma.

Blues can go to the flanks in traditional manner using any of the three, and Bela is able to play as a second striker, too.

Clotet said: "Jeremie is a player who wants to make things happen.

"He showed himself very aggressive when it comes to getting us forward, he has a lot of intensity. He has character, as well.

"He will be dangerous. He can play as he did on Saturday, wide, or he can come inside as a second striker, up front. He has that pace.

"Obviously I am very happy (he is with us) as he is one of the players who has everything to turn himself into a very important player for us."

Montero had been sidelined after tearing his thigh in the Stoke City game at the end of August.

Clotet said: "We wanted to take the game wide, with the way it was going. We had to be clear on that. Jefferson helped us do that, he performed well and put a lot of crosses in.

"We put a big siege into their box. (After scoring) they dropped their whole team deep and left Mitrovic up. We had to try to find another way.

"The team showed that we cause problems out wide, too, we can get crosses in and be dangerous."

Clotet said that Bela, whose last start was in June in the Spanish Second Division Play-Offs, would get better the more he was assimilated at Blues.

"He will improve a lot when he gets more fitness and understanding from everyone else, from his own teammates. But I am very satisfied with the way he came on. He looked sharp."

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