Like all relegated clubs, West Brom will face a battle to keep hold of their star players over this transfer window.
Losses are inevitable. However, the damage from this can be mitigated providing a core of the squad is kept in place. For West Brom’s defence, this means keeping hold of Craig Dawson.
The 28-year old defender had a strong season, particularly in comparison with many of his colleagues.
His 1.9 interceptions and 4.7 clearances per game made him a rock at the heart of West Brom’s defence.
Combined with his threat from set pieces, it is of little surprise that Dawson is so in demand.
There will be a temptation to sell the defender.
The West Midlands club will receive offers from a host of sides that recognise Dawson’s ability to thrive in the Premier League.
However, they must stand firm. Players of his calibre are rarely prepared to make the step down to the Championship if it’s not with a club they are already part of.
Consequently they will struggle to convert the funds they receive into players of a similar quality. Such chopping and changing also elongates the adaption pains that many clubs suffer from after making the drop.
There is no doubt that Darren Moore faces a battle to keep hold of his star defender.
If he manages to do it, the Baggies will have a firm base in their battle to bounce back up. If he fails, it could prove to be a tough reintroduction to the Championship.