Championship outfit Stoke City are set to recruit West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers on a season-long loan deal today, according to The Telegraph’s John Percy.
After falling behind captain Jake Livermore and new signings Alex Mowatt and Quevin Castro in the pecking order at The Hawthorns, he has seemingly been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Valerien Ismael.
The 45-year-old confirmed Sawyers had been left out of the Baggies’ matchday squad this season to sort out his future and with the Potters enquiring about the midfielder’s services earlier this month, they have now made a move to secure a temporary agreement.
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Sawyers first joined West Brom back in 2019 from Brentford and was a vital player for the club during their 2019/20 promotion-winning campaign, making 42 Championship appearances as his side secured second spot behind Leeds United.
But he only went on to play 19 times in the Premier League under Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce last season – and after seeing current boss Ismael recruit his top target in Alex Mowatt at the start of July – his game time at The Hawthorns looks to be limited again.
As West Brom look to make a few more signings before the end of the month, with Daryl Dike and Liam Delap as two of their reported targets, they have got to work on cashing in on some of their players.
They have already released several players this summer and after seeing star man Matheus Pereira leave for Al-Hilal, they look set to see another player head for the exit door, with Sawyers’ contract in the West Midlands set to expire at the end of his loan at the bet365 Stadium.
Although he has been left out in the cold at West Brom, Stoke City are probably paying at least a decent chunk of his wages and this could make room for a few more signings to be made before the end of August.
These signings may not just be regular starters, but players for squad depth as well and as Adam Reach’s arrival has shown, Valerien Ismael is keen to provide the adequate depth needed to secure promotion back to the top flight.
Stoke City will also benefit from this signing – and will help to add defensive solidity to a midfield that’s already looking strong. Nick Powell and Mario Vrancic could prove to be a vital duo for Michael O’Neill’s men as they try to improve on their mediocre league finishes from the past few seasons.
Joe Allen and Sam Clucas also remain as options in midfield – but with the former’s future in Staffordshire looking uncertain earlier on in the summer – Sawyers could potentially be coming in as a replacement for the Welsh international.
But if he doesn’t leave the bet365 Stadium between now and the end of the window, then wow. What a midfield that is – possibly one of the best in the second tier and one many teams in the second tier will be envious of right now.