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The dilemmas facing Steve Bruce this summer transfer window at West Brom



Steve Bruce did not have the impact West Bromwich Albion fans will have hoped he would when he arrived at The Hawthorns in February.

In the end, the Baggies could only manage 10th place in the final Championship standings, missing out on the play-offs by eight points.

That said, they have a big summer ahead as they look to strengthen their squad in the hopes of challenging for promotion next campaign.

They have already signed John Swift on a free transfer, but what dilemmas are facing Bruce as the summer approaches?

Here, we take a look at a couple of them as we head into transfer season.

Limited funds

Perhaps the biggest problem or dilemma that Steve Bruce has to face this summer is the reported lack of funds available to him this transfer window.

Bruce himself has said as much, stating that there is not a big pot there for him this summer to go out and spend money on whoever he wants and that he will have to wheel and deal in the transfer market this summer.

John Swift has already signed on a free while out-of-contract Millwall star Jed Wallace has been linked, which suggests the Baggies are being very financially prudent this summer and that comes with an obvious downside.

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Although securing Swift and Wallace would be excellent additions, it is rare that players of this quality are available for free and so if funds are tight, Bruce may find he cannot necessarily strengthen as much as he would like in certain areas this summer.

Matt Clarke replacement

Another dilemma Steve Bruce has to ponder as the summer transfer window approaches is whether or not to try to bring Matt Clarke back to the club, whether or not to bring another central defender in to replace him, or whether he is happy with his current options.

Clarke has returned to Brighton and Hove Albion following a season-long loan at The Hawthorns, with the 25-year-old often being the standout in a poor Baggies backline.

The obvious suggestion would be to try and get him back but the situation is slightly more complex.

The Baggies have a number of options already on the books at centre-half, which include: Semi Ajayi, Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley, Kean Bryan, Cedric Kipre and Caleb Taylor.

With funds tight, as above, Bruce must consider whether or not this is an area that needs investment, deciding if the players above represent quantity or quality.

Freelance writer currently covering all things EFL for Football League World

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