Stoke City are reportedly set to sign West Bromwich Albion midfielder Romaine Sawyers on loan for the 2021/22 campaign today, which has drawn an interesting reaction from many Baggies fans.
Sawyers rejoined Albion after six years away in the summer of 2019 and was a pivotal player in their promotion to the Premier League but found opportunities harder to come by last term and has seemed out of favour completely under new manager Valerien Ismael.
It’s no huge surprise then that the 29-year-old is set to leave the club before the transfer window closes with The Telegraph’s John Percy reporting that he is set to sign for the Potters today on a season-long loan deal.
The technical midfielder has a huge amount of experience in the Championship, with 169 appearances under his belt in the division, and will add some more quality to Michael O’Neill’s midfield.
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Sawyer’s departure will leave Albion with Jake Livermore, Alex Mowatt, and Quevin Castro as their main central midfield options, though Semi Ajayi does have experience in that role.
His impending move to Stoke has caused a stir among Baggies supporters, with many taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts…
— Alan (@AlanWBA123) August 19, 2021
— Rob Leacock (@robertleacock1) August 20, 2021
— Samson (@ItsSamson2) August 19, 2021
Good move for him he’s not gonna fit into the style VI plays don’t understand the disrespect towards sawyers boyhood Albion fan and played a big part in us getting promoted a few seasons ago #wba https://t.co/vCbYBckmxj
— joe (@JoeAlbion1878) August 19, 2021
Shame it’s not worked out for him. I know how much it meant to him to play and score for Albion. “It meant more” wasn’t just a throwaway comment he really felt it. Hate the way it’s ended for him though and Stoke aren’t the sort of club he will do well at sadly. Best of luck tho https://t.co/DHu3n7Utnf
— Nick Hughes (@Nik_Ader) August 19, 2021
— 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙤🇲🇶 (@Tkpwba) August 19, 2021
A shame things haven’t worked out for Sawyers, especially as you could see what it meant to him when he rejoined the club. Some good spells in 19/20 but really struggled last year. He clearly isn’t the right fit for the current set up so this is a good move for him. https://t.co/MgyfwcwVA0
— Ashley Burtoft (@AshBurty) August 19, 2021
— Glenn Thompson (@glennthompson85) August 19, 2021