Friday, January 27, 2023

Struggling West Brom Midfielder A Wanted Man At European Outfit: Should Moore Let Him Leave?

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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.

West Bromwich Albion had one of the poorest Premier League campaigns ever, as they failed to move out of the bottom of the points table, until the last few weeks of the campaign. They were in no shape to avoid relegation as Darren Moore failed to keep them in the top flight for another campaign.

However, the Birmingham-born manager will be in charge of the club in the Championship next season and will surely dream of bringing them back to the Premier League in just a year but for that to happen, he will need to add some quality to his side, while also trimming out contingencies, to reduce the wage burden on the club.

There are a number of players in his squad at the Hawthorns, who could be shown the exit door this summer and one such player, wanted by Turkish giants Galatasaray is Nacer Chadli.

The Belgium international first moved to England with Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 and spent three decent seasons, making regular first team appearances. However, Mauricio Pochettino was not impressed by his performances and decided to sell him after he received an offer from West Brom in 2016.

His addition to the Baggies squad was expected to help them take the next step in the English top flight but Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew and Gary Megson, the three managers at the club before Moore took over last season, did not use Chadli on a regular basis.

The 28-year old had managed just two league starts all campaign, as the Baggies preferred the likes of Jake Livermore, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Gareth Barry and Sam Field in the midfield while Matt Phillips, James McClean, Chris Brunt and Hal-Robson Kanu were used extensively on the wing, leaving no place for Chadli in their first-team.

So it does not come as a surprise that Chadli wants to quit the club in search of regular game time somewhere else this summer. There is little chance that he will stay put to play in the Championship after he managed to enhance his reputation by scoring a stunning winner against Japan late in extra time, in the World Cup recently.

At 28, he still has a fair number of years left to play at the top of his game and with just two years left on his current contract at Hawthorns, he will not be too expensive. And reports suggest that Galatasaray have enquired about his availability this summer.

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It is understood that West Brom are yet to respond but it makes no sense for Moore to persevere with Chadli when he can use the funds generated from selling him to improve other areas of his squad.

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