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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is looking to strengthen his squad, as he looks to improve on his side’s fourth place finish last season, with the Baggies having a £2.2million bid for Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers rejected, as reported in The Scottish Sun.
So would Sawyers be a good signing for the Baggies?
“This would be a good move from West Brom although given their lack of numbers any midfielder would be welcome.
“Sawyers should be very effective under Slaven Bilic however. He will provide a link between defence and attack, picking the ball up from deep and running with it until an option becomes available, and a transition player like that is very effective in the Championship.
“With Filip Krovinovic having already signed this summer Sawyers could play in a deeper role, which would not suit him as well as the no.10 position, and he will have to become more reliant on his passing ability which isn’t the best aspect of his game.
“However, The Baggies should play a more expansive game this season under Bilic, and Sawyers should have the freedom to roam and create, which could make him a very important player if he signed.”
“This would be an excellent move for the Baggies.
“With some big names already leaving their midfield and others who could still be on their way out, it is an area that they really need to add to.
“Krovinovic has come in to add some more attacking nous to the unit but Sawyers would bring an energy and creativity to the squad that was perhaps lacking for too much of last season.
“He would ensure that Bilic is able to play a passing game that, hopefully for the fans, would prove very effective as well.”
“I think this could be a good signing for the Baggies.
“Sawyers appears to have gone on the radar recently with the attention on the likes of Neal Maupay and Said Benrahma, but it should not be forgotten about the just how dangerous Sawyers himself can be at this level, as a number of clubs found out to their expense last season.
“With the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle gone, it feels as though it will have to be a more all-round team effort from the Baggies next season to provide the goals they will need to keep themselves in the promotion hunt, and you feel Sawyers has the attacking instinct to contribute to that.
“Given his previous connections with the Baggies – where he never actually got the chance to feature in the first team – you feel that an emotional return to the club to potentially help take them back to the Premier League is something that would certainly appeal to Sawyers.”