It is widely agreed that there is some deadwood within the Albion squad that could do with being shifted out, especially if the Baggies are promoted to the Premier League because space will need to be made for a number of new additions.
One reason for selling the following players is to indeed make space for newcomers, but another more important reason is how unlikely it will be for them to make any impact in the top-flight.
It’s about time that West Brom had a squad overhaul, anyway — out with the old, in with the new — and this summer is an ideal opportunity.
1. Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips was a bright spark in the Albion squad at the beginning of the season but his form soon faded and for much of the second-half of the campaign, he was completely anonymous when on the pitch.
As of late, he hasn’t posed any real threat to the opposition on the right flank which has led to Bilic pushing Pereira out wide to fill the gap left by Phillips.
To put it bluntly: if he is this ineffective against Championship sides, how can anyone expect him to be of any use against Premier League teams?
2. Oliver Burke
Burke showed some promise in the pre-season and many fans thought that Slaven Bilic could be the one to get the most out of the Scottish forward, but it sadly wasn’t to be.
The 23-year-old was loaned out to Deportivo Alaves in the summer and despite making 28 appearances for the La Liga side, he has only registered one goal and one assist.
It’s very difficult to see him breaking into the Albion first team next season — especially if the Baggies do go up — so the best option may be to sell him while he is still worth something.
3. Kenneth Zohore
Signed for around £8m from Cardiff City last July, many fans had high hopes for the new Albion No 9, but he has blundered his way through the season, only scoring goals from the penalty spot in the league, setting his current tally at three goals in 17 appearances.
There is a very slim chance that Zohore will have any impact in the Championship next season, let alone the Premier League.
I have no doubt that the Albion board will be open to offers for the 26-year-old this summer.
4. Hal Robson-Kanu
Another striker who has been a disappointment this season is Hal Robson-Kanu. He actually began very well and was a real thorn in the side of the opposition for the first-half of the season; but, for whatever reason, he has dropped off the mark since January and contributed very little.
It’s as if other teams have all worked out how to nullify him because he’s struggling to even have a shot these days, when before most fans would expect him to ripple the net if given the opportunity.
Moreover, Robson-Kanu is now 31 years old and so his ability is only set to decline from here onwards. Perhaps now is the best time to part company with the Welshman.
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