Filip Krovinovic’s agent has confirmed that West Brom and Benfica are in discussions about terminating the midfielder’s loan deal early.
Krovinovic, 25, return to The Hawthorns on a second season-long deal in September after helping Albion win promotion from the Championship last term.
Slaven Bilic was a major driving force behind the Croatian’s return to the Baggies but since Sam Allardyce’s appointment as manager, the midfielder has struggled even more for game-time.
Marjan Sisic confirms that Krovinovic could return to Benfica and that a breakthrough could be made within days.
“We are considering with West Bromwich and Benfica what to do. The situation is quite complicated because of the loan between these two clubs, but we will know more about that in a few days,” said Marjan Sisic, as quoted on the Mirror’s live transfer blog [Sunday, 00:47].
Krov exit makes sense
Krovinovic struggled to play regularly for Bilic, let alone Allardyce, who wasn’t the manager who pushes so hard to sign him in the summer.
Bilic started Krovinovic in five of the 10 Premier League games he was available for before he was sacked while Big Sam has handed the Croatian midfielder just one 17-minute-long appearance as a substitute in the top-flight.
Krovinovic is a popular player among fans and we will be sad to see him go as a person but as a player, in a dog-eat-dog Premier League, we cannot afford to keep him on.
Allardyce needs midfielders who can protect the defence.
Romaine Sawyers and Jake Livermore simply haven’t done that this season while Sam Field has struggled with injuries.
Conor Gallagher is good off the ball and is always getting stuck in but he also offers a lot going forward so cannot commit to playing such a deep-lying central role when he’s key in possession.
Krovinovic just doesn’t fit in this West Brom team and terminating his deal is in the best interests of everyone.
In other West Brom news, Gabriel Agbonlahor has shared his thoughts on Albion after their win against Wolves.