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‘An attractive proposition for Valerien Ismael’ – West Brom eye move for Derby County star: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Championship side West Bromwich Albion are interested in luring Derby County’s Tom Lawrence to The Hawthorns, according to the Daily Mail.

The 27-year-old could be available on a free transfer in January, with the Rams currently in administration and in desperate need to clear some of their highest earners off their wage books in an attempt to survive.

Wales international Lawrence is reported to be one of those high earners, currently receiving a reported weekly £37,000 wage as one of the East Midlands side’s most valuable assets and current club captain.

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But despite his importance, his salary, their takeover saga dragging on and the need to adhere to the EFL’s business plan to prevent a further points deduction in the future, Wayne Rooney’s side are said to be ‘reluctantly willing’ to sever ties with the winger for nothing after spending an initial £5m for him back in 2017.

West Brom are one side thought to be interested in taking the 27-year-old off their hands – and could become an important part of the Baggies’ front three with manager Valerien Ismael needing to rotate players with his intense system.

It remains to be seen whether Ismael would want to utilise Lawrence as a winger or a central striker with the Rams’ skipper playing in both positions this season – but what is certain is the fact they will have to move quickly with AFC Bournemouth, Stoke and Swansea City also reported to be in the running for his signature.

Focusing more on West Brom though, we asked three of our writers at Football League World whether he would be a good signing – and if he’s someone who’s really needed in the frontline at The Hawthorns.

George Dagless

I’m finding this hard to call in truth.

I like Lawrence as a footballer and what he can bring but do we always see enough of it for various reasons? I’m not sure, and certainly not sure whether it’d be enough for West Brom.

Saying that, a new club with better players around him could see him flourish and so that’s why I really think such a move could go either way.

I think Baggies fans would at least give him a chance to show what he can do and I suppose with Derby looking set for relegation after another points deduction it makes sense that clubs are aiming to snare some of their better players already.

I’d say a decent signing on paper with a view to it becoming a good one, if that makes any sense at all!

Marcus Ally

Tom Lawrence is a great player to have in your squad at Championship level. His versatility provides tactical flexibility and he would be an attractive proposition for Valerien Ismael in January.

The Baggies have been less than convincing in front of goal this season, there is not as much margin for error in gunning for automatic promotion but they do seem a little reliant on Karlan Grant in the final third.

Lawrence would be a valuable addition alongside Callum Robinson, Jordan Hugill, Grady Diangana and Matt Phillips to provide some unpredictability in the attacking contingent.

The Welshman will be keen to join a club with promotion aspirations and West Brom certainly have the financial muscle to offer the 27-year-old pleasing terms.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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