The three players West Brom should sign after Jed Wallace capture
West Brom have finally confirmed the signing of Jed Wallace from Millwall, but the squad is not done yet.
The club confirmed the signing of the 28-year-old star on Thursday morning (23 June), making him the third permanent arrival of the summer after Jayson Molumby and John Swift.
However, the Albion squad is in need of major surgery after a dire 2021/22 season and Steve Bruce will be well aware of that.
Albion finished in 10th place last season and scored fewer goals than Reading, who finished down in 21st and narrowly avoided relegation.
Seven of the 14 teams that finished below Albion scored more than them, with Preston also equalling their tally of 52 goals.
While Swift and Wallace are great additions and will go a long way to help, there are three other areas the club can improve.
What needs fixing and who can fix it?
First and foremost, the club is desperate for a new striker.
Albion already have Karlan Grant who carried the club with 18 goals and six assists last season, while Daryl Dike will return from injury soon.
Dike will be like a new signing, having played for the club twice before getting injured, but there is another player who could complete the set.
Cameron Archer enjoyed a breakthrough season with Aston Villa and Preston North End last term and he is high on Bruce’s wish list, according to the Express and Star.
The young striker scored 17 goals and got three assists against senior opposition last season and has impressed on international duty with England Under-21s recently.
However, The Baggies will face stiff competition for his signature, and it is unclear if he will leave Villa at all (Birmingham Mail).
The second area Bruce needs to improve is defensive midfield to aid the ageing Jake Livermore.
Albion have been heavily linked with Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury in recent weeks and he represents the perfect option for Bruce.
He will add a level of ferocity and bite in the midfield that Albion lacked last season, but yet again money is an issue.
Talks with Leicester are believed to have hit a stumbling block over how they will split his wages, but Bruce will hope a compromise will be reached (Express and Star).
Finally, an upgrade at centre-back would not go amiss.
While Dara O’Shea, Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi are all very capable defenders, Darragh Lenihan would be a fine upgrade for them.
The Irish defender is available on a free transfer after leaving Blackburn Rovers and is one of the best defenders in the league.
However, Lenihan is close to completing a move to Chris Wilder’s Middlesbrough so Albion will need to move quickly to hijack the deal (Northern Echo).
In other West Brom news, former Albion striker Andy Carroll is close to completing a surprise move to Belgium.