Romaine Sawyers has departed West Bromwich Albion and joined Stoke City on a season-long loan deal.
Sawyers joined West Brom from Brentford in the summer of 2019, before going on to play an influential role in the Baggies’ promotion to the Premier League under Slaven Bilic.
The 29-year-old made 42 appearances in the Championship in 2019/20, and was a driving force behind their return to the top-flight.
But Sawyers was unable to make a difference as Albion came tumbling back down to the Championship, making 19 appearances in the Premier League.
Sawyers hasn’t been named in a matchday squad under Valerien Ismael this time around, and has now made the switch to division rivals Stoke City who have signed him on a season-long loan.
Charlie Austin, who left West Brom for QPR last season, has been among those to send Sawyers their best wishes as he looks to embark on a new chapter.
— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) August 20, 2021
West Brom will be hoping to make it three wins on the bounce today as they look to take on Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.
I think this is a good move for Sawyers, and you look at the options Albion have in midfield and you don’t see too much depth.
Sawyers was superb the first year Albion went up under Bilic, and was undeniably one of the best passers in the division.
I know he didn’t cut it in the Premier League, but he is a decent player to have at this level and they could have done with him eventually.