Sky Sports are reporting that West Bromwich Albion remain in talks with Brentford over the transfer of St Kitts and Nevis international Romaine Sawyers. The Baggies have had a bid of £2.2m rejected as the London club value the player at closer to £3m.
The Midlands club had been urged by manager Slaven Bilic to begin signing players, as the club have seen 13 players leave The Hawthorns this summer. Of these 13, three are central midfielders that played ten or more times in the Championship last season.
Gareth Barry and James Morrison have both been released while Stefan Johansen has returned to parent club Fulham, which leaves Jake Livermore as the only central midfielder over the age of 20 at the club.
West Brom have made a concerted effort this summer to sign players that are in their prime or approaching it, as showcased by the age of their incomings this summer.
The St Kitts and Nevis international would bring versatility to The Hawthorns should he sign, as he is capable of playing all three central midfield positions, as well as being able to play out wide too. Sawyers alongside another summer signing Semi Ajayi will give Bilic a whole host of options of how to set up the midfield.
As Bilic’s preferred formation is the 4-2-3-1, I would suggest that Sawyers would be partnered with either Ajayi or Livermore in the deeper roles. Ajayi or Livermore would be the destructive midfielder of the pair, tasked with winning the ball back, while Sawyers would be responsible with progressing the ball through the middle of the park.
Sawyers’ passing statistics showcase his ability on the ball, averaging 1.6 key passes per game. He is the perfect midfield metronome for Bilic, as he averages just shy of 64 passes per game at an 86% success rate.
Sawyers is an all-round action midfielder that could be essential for The Baggies promotion push, and at £3m is a steal for the Championship side.