Date: 23rd July 2019 at 12:52pm
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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.

Sawyers would join Albion is his prime years at 27-years-old, and he is coming off of the back of the best season of his career so far, registering seven assists in 42 appearances for The Bees.

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 club’s prior signings are all under the age of 26, and other rumoured signings Darnell Furlong and Moussa Konate fit the same philosophy, being 23 and 26 respectively.

In somewhat of a revamp of the club’s playing staff this summer, it has seen nine players who are 29 and over leave the club, with 31-year-old Allan Nyom being rumoured to be out of the door too.

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.

He is far from a luxury player though; he is more than capable of breaking up the play, averaging 1.3 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game.

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.

 

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