Steve Madeley: West Brom squad is in need of overhaul, Johnstone and Zohore could leave
West Brom are in need of a squad refresh over the next few transfer windows, according to Steve Madeley.
Following relegation from the Premier League last season, Albion currently find themselves third in the Championship table, six points behind the automatic promotion spots.
Valerien Ismael was only able to make three permanent additions in the summer – Alex Mowatt, Adam Reach and Kean Bryan all on free transfers.
Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Madeley suggests “it has been clear for a while that Albion’s squad is in need of an overhaul” and that “changes will be needed to the squad” regardless of what division the club are in next season.
The piece details how Sam Johnstone and Kenneth Zohore, two players in the middle of their peak age range, are also the two players most likely to leave the club.
In addition, Madeley namechecks Robert Snodgrass, Jake Livermore, Kyle Bartley, Matt Phillips and David Button as players who are past their “theoretical peak”.
A fair argument?
West Brom’s squad comes in at an average age of 26.2 [according to Transfermarkt], which places them pretty much in line with the Championship average.
That said, when it comes to the starting lineup, it is players like Livermore (32) and Bartley (30) who are two of the most heavily featured.
Their experience will be key of course, particularly as the Baggies seek to win promotion out of the second tier, but Valerien Ismael will also need to turn his attentions to the future.
There are plenty of young players with potential breaking through, such as Rayhaan Tulloch (20) and Taylor Gardner-Hickman (19), but it will be a couple of years before they are first team regulars.
The news that Sam Johnstone could be set to depart will be disappointing but not surprising and many supporters would have expected him to leave back in the summer.
In other West Brom news, Don Goodman has urged the Baggies to sign their ‘powerhouse’ transfer target in January.