West Bromwich Albion are looking forward to making a number of signings in the summer, with a view to revamping their squad for the next term. The Baggies coach Tony Pulis is far from happy with their tenth place finish, which could have easily been eighth but for their late goof-ups in the season run-in.
The wily tactician has eyed a number of players to be brought into the side for the next term including the Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson. The English defender has been one of the best centre backs in the last term, putting up a valiant fight on his own to save his club from going back into the Championship. However, it was mainly for the inability of the strikers that Middlesbrough could not survive the battle of relegation.
The English international has been praised for his determined show in the backline for his team, leading from the front as the captain of his club. This has also irked a number of clubs from the Championship as well as the Premier League to make a bid for the defender with the Baggies leading the race.
Pulis has already started to show his intention to bring changes into the side by signing a number of new players in the form of Jay Rodriguez, Zhang Yuning and Ahmed Hagazy. However, Ben Gibson can be a major signing for the Baggies with a view to strengthening the defence for the next season, which has been the pinnacle of their strong performance, especially on home turf in the last term.
The England centre back got selected in the national squad as well owing to his good performance in the last season and has been in the good books of the England manager Gareth Southgate due to his brilliant show in the backline. He made 38 appearances in the Premier League throughout the last term, showing a solid performance to hold the backline for his club Middlesbrough and has been poised to move to get back into the top flight once again, with quite a few potential offers from a number of clubs in the Premier League.
West Bromwich Albion have been dependent on their defenders Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson in the last term, especially at the Hawthorns. The inclusion of the 24-year-old England international in their squad might give it more depth in the heart of the defence and help them achieve a much-coveted place in the top six in the next term.