James McClean's debut for West Brom turned into a bit of a disaster 7 years ago

James McClean's debut for West Brom turned into a bit of a disaster

James McClean has had a tough return to the Premier League.

The Derry winger is no stranger to controversy, or hostile crowds.

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Since moving to English football back in 2012, McClean has become something of a polarising figure due to his refusal to wear the memorial day poppy.

And it appears his recent decision to turn his back on the English national anthem and flag, during a pre-season friendly in the United States, hasn't gone down well with a section of the home crowd at the Hawthorns tonight.

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McClean's Premier League debut for West Brom certainly didn't go to plan.

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The midlands club were second best in all departments against Manchester City, McClean was subbed off at half-time and the crowd appeared to boo their new signing's every touch of the ball during the 3-0 defeat.

While Sky Sports commentator Alan Parry referred to James McClean as "Northern Irishman from Londonderry", despite the fact that McClean is a Republic of Ireland international, and Derry council recently voting to drop "London" from the city's name.

The 26 year old will have better nights in football.

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But McClean has suffered perhaps the greatest insult of all - only 0.2% of players have selected him in their Fantasy Football team.

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