West Bromwich Albion have enjoyed an excellent first half of the season under Slaven Bilic, with the Baggies sitting on top of the Championship table at Christmas, having collected 50 points from their opening 23 matches.
The Baggies have had many standout performers so far this campaign, which will leave Bilic with a real decision to make in the January transfer window over whether he should strengthen the squad, or leave certain areas that are functioning effectively alone in the winter window.
West Brom, though, have now been linked with a potential January move for Bordeaux right-back Enock Kwateng, who has produced some impressive performances in Ligue 1 so far this season having only arrived at the French club in the summer, and the 22-year-old has shown real signs of his potential to be developed into a really solid right-back.
Here then, we take a look at TWO knock on effects that could result from West Brom securing a deal for Kkwateng…
Nathan Ferguson’s departure
With West Brom looking strong in the right-back position so far this campaign given the form of Ferguson, it would be a surprise to see the Baggies look to bring in another option for the right-hand side of their defence, unless Bilic feels that he might be about to lose the 19=year-old in the winter window.
Ferguson has been in excellent form for the Baggies wherever Bilic has asked him to play this term, and he has been instrumental in helping West Brom remain solid in defence and providing an attacking outlet from either full-back position.
However, the defender is out of contract in the summer and despite being offered a new deal by West Brom he is yet to commit his long-term future to the club, which could mean that the Baggies are forced to sell him in January, which would mean Bilic’s side would have to find a suitable replacement which could well be Kwateng.
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Darnell Furlong facing another battle for his place
Furlong has produced some impressive performances for the Baggies at times this season having arrived at the Hawthorns from Queens park Rangers in the summer, and the right-back scored his second league goal for the club with a header from a corner in their 1-1 draw with Brentford on Saturday.
However, the defender has at times found himself out of the starting line-up during the first few months of the season, with the form of Ferguson on the right-hand side of West Brom’s defence keeping him out of the side, although the defender has shown the value he brings to the side when he does start.
Were Ferguson to leave in January then Furlong might feel he has the potential to really establish himself as the club’s first choice right-back, but he would face a another battle for his place in the side were the Baggies to bring Kwateng to the club and it would be interesting to see who Bilic selected regularly out of the two.