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A Brave Call? Three Players West Bromwich Albion Should Offload Should The Opportunity Arise

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Barring the last few results, it was a wonderful season for West Bromwich Albion. The stewardship of Tony Pulis had steered the team on the right path as the Baggies grabbed a commendable Top 10 finish in the recently concluded season.

With the increasing money from Television rights, the Baggies are expected to make their presence felt in the transfer market. Supporters will be hoping for some signings before the season begins in August but Pulis loves to play the wait and watch game.

West Bromwich Albion have one of the thinnest squads in the Premier League as Pulis maintained a solid shape of the squad. But with the next season looming ahead, a number of departures are expected to happen.

West Bromwich Albion have been one of the fittest teams in the Premier League as despite having a pretty ageing side, the Baggies never faced major injury problems.

New owner Guochuan Lai completed his takeover last August and the Chinese businessman is likely to inject a substantial amount of money in the club in an attempt to bring some new face to the Hawthorns.

But for the new faces to arrive, a number of old ones might have to make way even if they were formerly the star players in the team.

Salomon Rondon

Perhaps the only proper centre-forward in the squad right now. The lanky Venezuelan was brought to the club from Rubin Kazan in 2015 but failed to utilise his form when he was needed the most. He had a goal drought of a long 14 games and the Baggies desperately need to replace him with a more clinical centre-forward.

There will not be a dearth of suitors for him from abroad and despite his current form he can easily fetch a good price in the market and should Pulis receive a good offer for him he should make the move.

James McClean

The 28-year-old started just 13 games and his game time is destined to be reduced as Pulis is expected to add more wide men in an attempt to increase the productivity next season.

So McClean might see his game time being curtailed heavily as a spot in the starting lineup could be very hard to get.

Boaz Myhill

Didn’t have enough game time in the last season as Ben Foster was in tremendous form. Very reliable as a number two but at 34 years of age, the Baggies might feel the urge to sign someone younger and blood them for the future.

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