West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce will be keen to stamp his own authority on the club’s squad this summer ahead of his first full season in charge at The Hawthorns.
With the transfer window set to open next month, the Baggies have unsurprisingly already been linked with moves for a number of players.
One of the individuals who has recently emerged as a potential target for West Brom is Joe Rothwell.
Providing that West Brom are able to convince Rothwell to make the move to The Hawthorns, this particular deal could have a knock-on effect on some of the club’s existing players.
Here, we have decided to take a look at one winner and one loser at West Brom if they sign the 27-year-old on a free transfer…
Winner: Daryl Dike
Signed by West Brom in the January transfer window, Daryl Dike would have been hoping to help the club launch a push for the play-offs during the second half of the season.
Dike could potentially benefit from Rothwell’s abundance of creativity later this year if the midfielder makes the switch to West Brom.
By building up an understanding with the midfielder over pre-season, Dike may be able to help West Brom move forward as a club by finding the back of the net on a regular basis.
Quiz: Have each of these 25 ex-West Brom players ever played in the Premier League?
Loser: Jake Livermore
Jake Livermore struggled considerably with his consistency last season as he failed to make a decisive impact in the Championship for West Brom.
When you consider that Rothwell recorded an average rating of 6.95 in this division for Blackburn, it could be argued that he may turn out to be an upgrade on Livermore if West Brom are able to get a deal over the line this summer.
Rothwell’s arrival could lead to Livermore being forced to settle for a place on the bench for the majority of next season’s fixtures if Bruce opts to use the former Oxford United man in a partnership with Jayson Molumby or Alex Mowatt in the heart of midfield.