Everton midfielder Fabian Delph is a player who ticks a lot of boxes for West Brom ahead of the January transfer window, according to The Athletic’s Steve Madeley.
With captain Jake Livermore suspended for their next three fixtures after his red card against Aston Villa on Sunday, the Baggies lack of experienced options in defensive midfield have been laid bare.
However, Madeley has warned a deal could be difficult to reach after the Toffees suffered a recent injury scare of their own with Allan suffering a hamstring issue.
Aside from Romaine Sawyers, West Brom do not have another suitable player to screen their leaky defence in Livermore’s absence.
They could turn to Conor Gallagher to line up in a deeper midfield role, but the 20-year-old has impressed further forward and has been instrumental in driving the West Brom attacks.
As such, a move for Delph could be a smart option when the transfer window opens on January 2 2021, as Madeley remarks in The Athletic: ” In midfield, Fabian Delph ticks lots of the boxes Albion will want to tick. The former Manchester City man has vast top-flight experience and can play in a position — screening the back four — that West Brom will want to fill.
“His availability could depend, however, on the prognosis of fellow Everton midfielder Allan, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem.”
Similarities in style?
Delph played 1190 minutes across sixteen Premier League appearances for Everton last season, via WhoScored, averaging 1.6 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game, garnering a WhoScored overall rating of 6.49.
Livermore pips Delph’s 2019/20 stats in his 776 minutes of league action so far this season, with two and 1.1 per game, respectively.
Sawyers, meanwhile, has recorded 1.5 tackles and 1.3 interceptions in 872 Premier League minutes.
The figures between the three players are not too dissimilar, so a move for Delph looks like a shrewd deal if Allardyce wants to rotate, or to ensure he has adequate replacements in light of potential injuries and suspensions.
However, Delph’s injury record and lack of game time could cause concern for the new West Brom manager, as the two-time Premier League winner has appeared in less than half of Everton’s 52 league game since the start of last season (21).
But, gambles might have to be made if West Brom are to claw their way to safety, and a deal for Delph could represent a smart piece of business as Allardyce aims to bolster his squad.
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