It was a sad state of affairs for the West Brom fans as their relegation from the Premier League got confirmed after Southampton’s 0-1 win over Swansea City. What started out to be a promising last-ditch challenge for survival eventually just delayed the inevitable.
Albion spent almost the entirety of the 2017/18 campaign right at the bottom of the league table. Their failure to grasp even an ounce of winning pedigree under Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew quite deservedly marked their spot in next season’s EFL Championship.
However, after Pardew’s sacking and Darren Moore’s appointment, the hopefuls within us kept that dim candle alight, with the expectation of witnessing another miracle right in front of our eyes. Sadly it was a little bit too late and the Baggies will have to start making plans for the next campaign.
It is quite obvious for the Baggies that keeping all the big names at the Hawthorns will be practically impossible. Tough decisions will have to be made as teams have been lining up ever since the January window to pick up the top athletes for cheap.
Here are some of the names who could very well be on their way out of the West Midlands outfit.
The Venezuelan international’s name is the first to come to mind as reports have flooded in over his probable destinations next summer. Rondon is one of the Premier League’s proven centre-forwards who can wreak havoc with the right amount of supply from the back and the midfield.
He is still only 28 and could fetch the Throstles a significant amount of financial leverage. The Baggies will then have the chance to sign replacements with the tidy sum, even though strikers are going for astronomical rates at the moment.
The prolific centre-back has taken on the challenges of a possible comeback with great vigour and seems to have impressed plenty of teams in Europe. Dawson is well into the prime of his footballing career and plenty of teams will be pleased to offer him a home.
His teammate, Jonny Evans might have been the hotter transfer target all season long but it was Dawson who enjoyed priority selection over the ex-Manchester United player.
Rodriguez has been at the heart of everything good for West Brom in the last stretch of the season. He really came into his own from the start of the year and scored the crucial tie winning goals to keep the team afloat.
His 4-year long contract will also give West Brom the bargaining chip to extract every bit of value out of him in the transfer window.