West Brom narrowly avoided dropping into the play-offs following their 2-2 draw against QPR on Wednesday, and instead, thanks to Brentford losing to Barnsley, were promoted to the Premier League.
However, now that promotion has been confirmed, already fans are beginning to question whether we have what it takes to stay up with the current set of players.
Grady Diangana will likely head back to West Ham, given all the reports coming out of East London; Callum Robinson will return to Sheffield United; Filip Krovinovic’s future is currently up in the air; and the legend, Chris Brunt, will exit the Hawthorns for the final time after the QPR game.
All of this means that Albion need to be very active in the transfer market to plug the gaps left behind.
Below are the targets that Albion should pursue this summer.
Now, this is a debate which has been raging all season long. Ideally, West Brom will go and get themselves a top keeper who will regain the confidence of the whole Albion fan base. Sam Johnstone has had some good performances, but ultimately, he has not filled the void that was left by top keeper Ben Foster, who we were spoiled with for almost eight years.
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Hart is a player who may divide the fans at Albion but he is a free agent, after all. As far as finances are concerned, it would see little outlay in terms of a transfer fee and wage demands will surely not be an issue now the club are promoted.
Hart has been vocal recently in his desire to join a club and prove his doubters wrong. He could be the perfect fit for West Brom — and let’s not forget his international experience and time at Manchester City, where he won the Premier League title.
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A young and local lad who has gained the invaluable experience of being the first-choice keeper at Bournemouth, Ramsdale should arguably be the number one target for Albion this summer.
The 22-year-old has been a shining light in a below-par Bournemouth side this season. He oozes confidence and class, and if the Cherries drop down to the Championship, he may be inclined to seek a move elsewhere.
If he is to leave then a sell-on clause will undoubtedly be added to the deal, as many fans and pundits agree that he’s destined for the international stage in the near future, which will significantly boost his market value.
Ramsdale could be the long-term replacement for Ben Foster that we have all been craving.