So far, it has been one of the best seasons in recent memory for West Brom supporters.

Slaven Bilic’s men may have dropped off the Championship top-spot over the festive period but remain on course for automatic promotion to the Premier League and fans have been treated to some truly fantastic football.

However, now that the January transfer window has opened, there has been surprising speculation surrounding the future of Chris Brunt at The Hawthorns.

According to a report by The Athletic, the 35-year-old midfielder could be open to leaving The Hawthorns this month in search of game-time.

Brunt has made just six appearances in all competitions for West Brom this season and has only been in the matchday squad for two of Albion’s last nine Championship fixtures.

The Northern Irishman’s contract expires at the end of the season and while it is expected that he will move on in the summer, it was reported by The Athletic that he would consider leaving in January.

Stoke City are said to be keen on signing the former Sheffield Wednesday winger, who is currently Albion’s longest-serving player after swapping Hillsborough for The Hawthorns in August 2007, and it seems as though a move to the Potteries could well be on the cards.

After West Brom’s 1-0 win against Charlton in the FA Cup on Sunday, Brunt made his way over the away fans at The Valley, tossed his shirt into the crowd, took a few steps back and applauded the supporters.

It could mean nothing – but it could have also been goodbye.

Brunt has made 416 appearances for West Brom. He was one of the Premier League’s leading assist suppliers of the 2010s. He played a key role in helping Northern Ireland reach the European Championships. He wore the captain’s armband for the Baggies at their height in the Premier League. And it wouldn’t seem right to talk about him without mentioning that wand of a left foot.

It will be a sad day when Brunt leaves West Brom.

Many would have expected it to be at the end of the season when, hopefully, he would have been lifting the Championship trophy after promotion to the top-flight is secured.

However it now seems as though his days in blue and white stripes could be over for the sake of a move to Stoke.

No Albion fan wants to see this happen but Brunt has shown so much loyalty and passion towards playing for the Baggies that whatever he does next, everyone will be happy for him.

In other West Brom news, fans were thrilled with this player’s display at Charlton on Sunday.

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