Slaven Bilic is trying to strengthen his squad as the Baggies prepare for a promotion challenge, and it seems he has identified Romaine Sawyers as the man he wants to bring some creativity to West Brom’s midfield.
This is creating a scramble for Sawyers with clubs such as Celtic and Leeds said to be interested, but it is the Baggies that lead the way for his signature, and they have seen an offer of £2.2m rejected by the Bees.
Sawyers has significantly developed in his time at Griffin Park and is widely considered to be one of the best passers in the league – what is particularly impressive is his willingness to pass the ball forwards and into dangerous areas.
Seven assists are impressive but what Sawyers excels at is the pre-assist pass – the defence-splitting pass that allowed one of Brentford’s forward players to then set up Neal Maupay or Said Benrahma.
The West Brom midfield currently consists of Jake Livermore, Chris Brunt, Sam Field, and young Rekeem Harper. The addition of Sawyers would give the Baggies a central midfield player who could actually find their forwards – rather than playing it safe.
Sawyers will most likely be leaving Brentford this summer, and West Brom have to make sure they are the ones who snap him up – because for what he offers £3m is a bargain.