By Nick Ware

17th Jul, 2021 | 5:10pm

Kyle Edwards mocks Romaine Sawyers after West Brom midfielder reacts to Brentford tweet

Ex-West Brom attacker Kyle Edwards has ribbed his former teammate Romaine Sawyers after the Albion midfielder reacted to a tweet from his former club.

Sawyers, 29, was missing from West Brom’s Friday night friendly versus Woking due to this summer international commitments, but he was still active on social media after his old side Brentford posted a video of a goal he scored for the Bees in August 2017.

Sawyers responded with four winking emojis, but Edwards, who recently left Albion this year after a 17-year spell with the club, hit back, “You shoot?!” on his personal Twitter profile.

We’re surprised too…

The strike posted by Brentford was a rip-roaring effort from the edge of the 18-yard box, but it’s something we’ve not seen in abundance at The Hawthorns, to put it mildly.

Sawyers returned to Albion in 2019 after six years away from his hometown club, but he has scored just once in 64 appearances for the Baggies since.

That was in October 2019 against Cardiff City, and the closest he has got since was his awful own-goal against Leeds United in December 2020 during a 5-0 defeat.

Granted, his job is not that of a goalscoring midfielder as he has usually been deployed in a deep-lying role since returning to the Albion, but his record is still pretty awful.

It’s been his apparent lack of willingness to take the initiative and provide any thrust in midfield that has frustrated many supporters, and that in turn probably explains why he has not added to his tally in nearly two years.

If he’s not knitting play together with clever passes and keeping hold of the ball, which he didn’t do last season, then his position in the side is pretty futile.

It remains to be seen how he will adapt to the high-pressing methods of new manager Valerien Ismael, with serious questions marks over his future, but many Baggies will be rooting for one of their own to re-establish himself in the side.

In other West Brom news, Albion could loan out this first-team star to raise transfer funds amid a bare summer budget.

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