Former West Bromwich Albion striker Kevin Campbell has backed new Baggies boss Valerien Ismael to make Chelsea midfielder Trevoh Chalobah his second signing of the transfer window, in an interview with the Football Insider.
As per an exclusive from the same outlet on Monday, the West Midlands side are preparing to launch a bid for the 22-year-old to take him away from Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis, with Newcastle United’s Matty Longstaff also on their target list as a more temporary option.
Chalobah helped to keep French side Lorient afloat in Ligue 1 last season as he made 29 league appearances for the Stade du Moustoir outfit – but is currently nowhere near the Chelsea first-team squad and finds himself in a similar situation to his older brother Nathaniel, who finally moved on in 2017 after several loan spells.
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The 22-year-old could follow his sibling out the door and with a starting place at The Hawthorns up for grabs, the midfielder could be tempted to make the move down to the second tier before attempting to rise to the top again.
Former Baggies forward Kevin Campbell believes he would be a solid acquisition for Valerian Ismael and speaking to the Football Insider, he said: “I think he’d be a good signing for West Brom.
“Let’s be honest, Trevoh doesn’t want to come back to Chelsea and not be playing games. He would rather go out on loan and play football.
“He did a great job at FC Lorient last season and now perhaps he wants a different challenge.
“Remember he has played in the Championship before so he knows what it’s all about. I think he would be a smart signing.”
With Alex Mowatt already coming in on a free, West Brom could have the adequate funds to secure this signing, especially if Chelsea are eager to get him off the books and are willing to negotiate a reasonably cheap deal with Chalobah rarely playing for the west London side.
This signing would not only be a good one but also needed with fellow central midfielders Conor Gallagher, Okay Yokuslu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles all returning to their parent clubs on the expiration of their loan spells this summer.
At 22, Chalobah needs regular game time now and Chelsea will want to reduce the pressure on their wage bill as they look to make new signings under Thomas Tuchel, so this deal would be in the interest of all parties if this deal can get done.
Because of this, very few people would disagree with Campbell’s verdict on this potential transfer.