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West Bromwich Albion Looking To Bag This Austrian Star: Much Needed For Pulis?

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

West Bromwich Albion will be looking forward to continuing their good run on the home turf in the next season, although they will be quite worried about the kind of form they showed on away trips throughout the last term. The Baggies have also been much dependent on their defence, as it has been one of the strongest in the last season and has been instrumental in holding the fort for the Tony Pulis managed team.

The Baggies have already started to invest in new players, and have signed one of the finest strikers in the Premier League in the form of Jay Rodriguez from fellow rivals Southampton. Having bagged a quality forward, Tony Pulis, the current man in charge is looking to focus on the strongest aspect of his team, its defence, and is looking to strengthen it even further for the next season.

West Bromwich Albion have been much dependent on their defenders Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson throughout the last season, with 37-year-old Gareth McAuley playing an important role as well. However, there has been a concern that they might need a new defender, who can replace any of the three at the heart of the defence. Also, the fact that McAuley is getting older will also be playing in the back of the mind for Tony Pulis, who is looking to bring in a fresh face, who can guard the backline efficiently at the Hawthorns and outside it as well.

The wily mastermind is looking no further than North London in search of his desired player in the form of the Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer, who is currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur. The defender, who has been one of the finest defenders in the Premier League, however, has been constantly kept out of the starting XI by his current club coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Though the 24-year-old has been out of favour under the Argentine mastermind throughout the last two seasons, and lost his place in the starting XI to the Belgian defensive duo of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, the Spurs have put a price tag of £20 million on his head, which might be too much for the Baggies to splash out.

However, if the club can get the player into their squad for the next season, the Austrian can be a good addition. He has ample physicality and a towering presence in the heart of the defence, which might help West Bromwich Albion to solidify their defensive capabilities even further for the next season.

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