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Former Blackburn, Norwich and Swansea full-back Martin Olsson looks set to complete a return to the Championship with West Brom, as the Baggies close in on a deal to sign the free agent, as reported by Swedish media outlet Expressen.
The left-back position has given Slaven Bilic plenty of headaches this season with Kieran Gibbs enduring his fair share of injury problems in recent months while 19-year-old Nathan Ferguson, though performing well, is more comfortable on the right-hand side.
Olsson, then, could be an astute addition for a Baggies team who are still top of the Championship table despite failing to win any of their last five league games.
So would Olsson be a good signing for the Baggies and is he actually needed?
Ethan Van Ristell
“The Baggies getting Olsson in to trial with the team is a sign of their intent to bring in another left-back, but this deal could prove to be a risk on their part.
“The Swede has been without a club since leaving Swansea in December 2018, and at the age of 31, he is also coming to the latter stage of his career.
“Despite being a free agent at the moment, Olsson has good experience of both the Premier League and the Championship, and could be a good short term option for Slaven Bilic to improve the numbers in his squad.
“Olsson could also be needed at the club. An injury suffered to first-choice left-back Kieran Gibbs has ruled him out for a month. In my view, this is a risky move, considering his lack of football in the last year.”
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“I think this could be a useful signing for Bilic and his side.
“Olsson has had a tough time of it over the last two or three seasons and time is running out for him to prove himself capable in the second tier.
“But as a free-agent it is unlikely to do the Baggies any damage even if he is not a success and I imagine he will arrive at the Hawthornes with a real point to prove.
“Ferguson and Gibbs have both been very good this season, however, so I would only bring the Swede in if I were sure it would not affect any other deals that could be in the offing.”
“This would be a very shrewd addition.
“With Kieran Gibbs out of action, a move for the experienced defender could be the perfect solution to help West Brom over the line.
“Granted, he hasn’t played first team football in over a year but if Olsson can prove his fitness then he could be a real asset to West Brom.
“After-all, he’s been there and done it in this league before.”