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2 West Brom transfer dilemmas that are looming over the club right now as 31st August creeps closer

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There can be no denying that it has been a strong star to the season for West Brom.

Following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season, the Baggies have claimed ten points from their four league games so far, putting them second in the early Championship standings.

In the transfer market meanwhile, West Brom have made four signings so far, with midfield trio Alex Mowatt, Adam Reach and Quevin Castro joining permanently, while centre back Matt Clarke has arrived on loan from Brighton.

However, it seems there are still some issues that the club may need to resolve, as with just a week remaining before the summer window closes.

So here, we’ve taken a look at two potential dilemmas currently hanging over The Hawthorns.

A lack of full-back options

If West Brom are to dip into the transfer market again this summer, then one position they might well need to address, is at full-back.

As things stand, Darnell Furlong is the only right-back at the club with any sort of experience of regular first-team football, while the same can also be said of Conor Townsend on the left-hand side of the Baggies’ defence.

While both players are undoubtedly good enough to hold down first-choice roles in this side, and injury to either of them, could leave Valerien Ismael’s side rather exposed on the flanks.

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Sam Johnstone’s contract situation

Despite all the speculation surrounding his future this summer, Sam Johnstone is still a West Brom player at this moment in time.

Given the proven quality the goalkeeper possesses, that is a good thing for West Brom, but it may yet cause them a problem, due to the fact that Johnstone currently has less than a year remaining on his contract with the club.

West Brom are not going to want to lose a player of his quality for nothing next summer, so they may be tempted to sell if a late offer comes in this window, which would then leave them with little time to find a new number one. The Baggies therefore, may want to try and secure a new deal for Johnstone quickly, to ease any pressure there would be on them, if an offer was to come in for the England international.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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