Dean Smith was thrilled to see Douglas Luiz in training for the first time, stressing: “He looks every bit the quality player we expected”.
Luiz this week flew into the UK after his work permit was granted.
Smith has now watched him at close-quarters at Bodymoor Heath and was thrilled with what he saw.
He said: “Dougie has trained. He’s fit.
“He has had 15 or 16 training sessions over in Brazil, too.
“We had issues getting his passport. He has his work permit now.
“He looks every bit the quality player that we wanted to see in the first training session.”