West Brom look set to beat Aston Villa and Leeds United to the signing of Conor Gallagher from Chelsea, according to Jacob Steinberg.
Writing via his personal Twitter account on Monday, the Guardian journalist reported that the Baggies are “increasingly likely” to sign Gallagher, 20, on loan from Stamford Bridge while Villa and Leeds has also been interested in him.
Hearing that Chelsea youngster Conor Gallagher increasingly likely to join West Brom on loan. Could go through in next day or two. Villa and Leeds also been interested in him #cfc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 14, 2020
During the 3-0 defeat at home to Leicester on Sunday, it became apparent that West Brom needed way more than just a striker to help them survive in the Premier League this season.
Stats by WyScout show that midfielder Romaine Sawyers attempted just 19 passes against the Foxes while last season he averaged 55.33 passes per 90 minutes, completing a huge 91.1 per cent of them.
While Leicester are a formidable opponent, Sawyers dropped the first hint that he might not be totally cut out for Premier League football.
We’re not going to say it outright just yet but that was a worrying performance by him with stats by WhoScored showing that only two other outfield starters completed fewer passes than the ex-Brentford playmaker on Sunday.
Sawyers is supposed to be the man who makes us tick, the man who dictates the tempo and collects the ball from the defence and moves it forward or out wide.
Grant, Slaven Bilic’s decision to switch up the system and play with three at the back didn’t do Sawyers any favours but it still showed that the midfield is an area which must be improved before the transfer window closes.
Gallagher is also yet to be tested in the Premier League but the 20-year-old Chelsea prodigy has a lot of potential and has even been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Frank Lampard.
He’s definitely the kind of player we need.
In other West Brom news, three players could earn their Albion debuts against Harrogate this week.