By Danny Wright

13th May, 2022 | 8:10am

Matheus Pereira sends three-word message to Romaine Sawyers as he returns to West Brom

Romaine Sawyers has said his goodbyes to Stoke City on social media with the West Brom midfielder’s loan spell in the Potteries ending.

Sawyers, 30, has spent the season on loan with the Potters, playing 25 times in the Championship for them.

On 9 April, the Express & Star reported that Steve Bruce is set to hold talks with the midfield playmaker this summer.

While Sawyers’ contract at The Hawthorns is currently set to expire next month, it is understood that West Brom have the option to extend it by a further year.

After bidding farewell to Stoke on Instagram, ex-Albion star Pereira was among those to send messages to the midfielder.

Pereira said: “What [a] player, Benny].”

Karlan Grant also said “what a player” while Cedric Kipre commented saying “my [number] 10”.

Sawyers to the rescue?

Sawyers played a vital role in West Brom’s promotion to the Premier League under Slaven Bilic.

While the former Walsall midfielder drew criticism in the second half of that campaign, he was still an ever-present in the midfield and did have a big impact in the club’s second-place finish in 2019/20.

He was, however, terrible in the Premier League and was rightly cast out of the squad by Sam Allardyce.

Last summer, Sawyers was sent on loan to Stoke.

He’s had a mixed spell at the Bet365 Stadium due to injuries but it would be fair to say that he’s done a lot better there than many West Brom fans would have expected.

Still, that doesn’t mean he’d be an amazing option for next season.

Albion’s central midfield options are terrible so Sawyers probably would have done a job this term if he had stayed at The Hawthorns.

But if we’re relying on someone who ended the season in and out of Stoke’s squad to be our saviour next term, we’re having a laugh and are aiming way too low yet again.

In other West Brom news, Jonathan Greening has urged the Albion to re-hire this former manager.

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