By Joe Ellis

10th Jun, 2022 | 3:40pm

West Brom under pressure to get squad revamp right after EFL rule change

Steve Bruce is very keen to overhaul the West Brom squad this summer after a less than successful 2021-22 campaign at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies finished a lousy 10th in the Championship which was boosted by a late run of wins once the playoffs were out of reach and Bruce, who only took charge after the January transfer window closed, wasn’t best pleased.

He needs to go big in the summer transfer window and has already brought in John Swift from Reading as well as made Jayson Molumby’s loan deal permanent.

There is a growing pressure on Albion to get this crucial transfer window right too after the EFL announced on Friday 10 June, via their website, that clubs in all divisions could now use up to five substitutes per game from the 2022-23 season onwards.

They will still only get three chances to stop the game in order to make those changes (not including half-time or concussion substitutes) but squad depth has never been more important.

In the Championship, West Brom already have one of the larger squads and it is filled with quality but we rarely saw that on the field throughout the entirety of last season and that has to change.

So rather than trying to put together the best team to push for promotion but a deep squad that can cope with all scenarios that they could face during the campaign.

They will quickly find out the value of having good depth across the pitch if they fail to make the significant upgrades and purchases they are desperate for this summer ad it could spell the end for Bruce.

In other West Brom news, Albion already know that their first Championship game of the 2022-23 season will be away from home due to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

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