By Joe Ellis

21st May, 2022 | 3:39pm

West Brom exit for Romaine Sawyers is Steve Bruce's biggest mistake

Steve Bruce has decided to allow West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers to leave The Hawthorns when his contract expires in June.

The Athletic’s Steve Madeley broke the news on Saturday morning (21 May) on Twitter, saying that the Baggies decided not to trigger their optional one-year extension to his deal, making him a free agent.

Former Stoke City player Mike Pejic branded the Saint Kitts and Nevis international a “Championship Zidane,” in a column for the Stoke Sentinel having been impressed by the 30-year-old during his loan spell in the Potteries this season.

Steve Bruce has obviously decided that he can find better in the transfer market this summer and that Sawyers will be surplus to requirements by the time his new additions come in but that could be a big mistake.

We did find some decent connections towards the end of the season with Taylor Gardner-Hickman and Jake Livermore the two mainstays in the midfield along with Alex Mowatt and it worked to some degree.

But the only thing that trio really lacked was that spark that could unlock a stubborn defensive side and produce the moment of magic to win a game.

That’s what Sawyers has in his locker and he wasn’t given the chance to properly show that for Albion which could come back to haunt them in the near future.

Now the decision has been made, you’d assume that there is nothing Bruce can do to change it but he’d better find himself an exceptional attack-minded midfield maestro to light up the second tier if he wants to mastermind another promotion in his career.

In other West Brom news, Crystal Palace are the latest Premier League side to enter the race for Sam Johnstone.

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