It’s been nearly a month since West Brom crashed out of the play-offs and the club has a lot of work to do before they go again in August.
Recovering from play-off defeats are never easy, let alone when much of the squad needs a reshuffle and you have a new manager.
Slaven Bilic is the strong favourite for the job at the moment, according to The Sun. With a lot of players leaving the club from loan spells, and Jay Rodriguez looking like he’s leaving for a cut-price fee, Bilic can take some comfort in the club’s impressive youth system.
The losses of Dwight Gayle, Mason Holgate, Tosin Adarabioyo, Stefan Johansen, Jacob Murphy and Jefferson Murphy will change the complexion of the starting line-up and West Brom will have to look to turn to their academy as a result.
The Championship season is a long one, and with West Brom needing a big rebuild process, we take a look at THREE players who might excite next season…
Centre-midfield Sam Field will be hoping he can break into the first team more regularly next season.
Despite only starting four games in 2017/18, many at West Brom back the player to go on and become a regular for the club. England U20 Field is also a life-long Baggies supporter – so it’s no surprise the fans are fully behind the player.
Originally coming on the scene a few years ago under Pulis, he has struggled to hold down a place, so he will be focusing on next year for an extended run in the first team.
Pulis once told BBC West Midlands in 2017 that Field was “technically as good and gifted as any footballer I’ve seen at that age”.
Opportunities for Edwards last season were limited, but with several attacking players likely to depart, he should get more of a chance to shine.
The forward, 21, has been at West Brom as a youth boy and showed glimpses of quality this year when he’s had his chance.
He only played 235 minutes over 11 appearances last season, playing on both the left and right wing, but did manage to chip in with a goal. Edwards, who has been capped by England U20s, will feel he is ready to make a bigger impact.
Centre-midfielder Rekeem Harper enjoyed his breakthrough season last year at just 19-years.
Harper played 16 times last season in the league, scoring one and assisting one.
Harper has been capped by England U19s, and the man born in Birmingham will be looking to get even more chances next season.
There is one problem though: Harper’s contract runs out at the end of the season, and Celtic are knocking at the door, says Birmingham Live, meaning his future is up in the air.
However, if Harper does stick with the Baggies, then you would assume he would pay a much bigger part next season, and could potentially form a partnership with other youngster Sam Field.