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What Can This Title-Winning Left-Back Add To West Brom Next Season?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Tony Pulis, one of the very few local managers left in the Premier League next season will be under immense pressure to help the Baggies to a better finish than in the last season. Having avoided relegation by just the 6 points, West Bromwich Albion will have to improve significantly to have any chance of competing with the best in the Premier League. If they have an inconsistent season like they did last campaign, they will not be too far away from relegation come the end of the next season.

The manager is well reputed to get the best out of his players but last season, he was not able to produce consistent performances with a decent squad at the Hawthorns. So it has become important for the club to spend in the transfer window and one of the latest rumor links Leicester City’s wing-back Jeffery Schlupp to the Hawthorns. The Baggies have already seen a £9million bid rejected by the Premier League champions but it is understood Tony Pulis wants the 23-year old to be a part of his team going into the next season. But will he help the Baggies to a better finish next season? Here is what the striker turned winger can add to Pulis’ side next season.

Known for his pace and athleticism, the Ghanaian international started his career as a striker but has slowly established himself as a decent left-back and a left winger. He is a versatile player who is comfortable at both ends of the field and his defensive discipline makes him a great asset to any Premier League team. He has the built and attributes to flourish in England and has shown the same last season with the Premier League champions.

He made 27 appearances in all competitions for Leicester City last season and picked up a goal and two assists. In 14 appearances in the domestic league, the 23-year old made 1.9 tackles per game which shows his discipline. The Baggies need a lot of improvement to their defense as they have shown their frailties time and again in crunch time in the Premier League. The experienced Chris Brunt, who held the left-back position in Pulis’ side last season for most games will obviously be hard to replace but in the coming years, Schlupp is more than a decent player to take his position.

His versatility also allows the manager to use him as a part of the 4-man midfield which not only makes the squad stronger but also helps the club improve on their defensive side of the game. The 23-year old Ghanaian will provide the manager with plenty of options and the regular game time he will get at Hawthorns will also help him become a better player. So it does not come as a surprise that West Brom are looking to improve on their initial £9million bid that was rejected to get their man this summer. Do you think Jeffery Schlupp is a good choice for Tony Pulis?

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