By Andrew Maddox

24th Jun, 2022 | 9:30pm

West Brom given right-back boost as Ryan Nyambe leaves Blackburn

West Brom target Ryan Nyambe has rejected a fresh contract at Ewood Park, according to reports.

The Namibian right-back has been locked in contract discussions for some time, having rejected a move to Stoke City last season according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

However, fresh reports from the newspaper on their website indicate that Nyambe has finally rejected the contract on offer and will leave the club next week.

Baggies boss Steve Bruce will be encouraged by the report, which claims that Albion are running virtually unopposed for Nyambe’s signature.

Stoke are no longer interested, while Premier League newcomers Bournemouth opted to sign Ryan Fredericks instead.

This gives Albion a clear run at the defender who has made over 200 appearances for Blackburn.

How much will Nyambe improve Albion?

The Baggies only have one natural right-back currently, that being 26-year-old Darnell Furlong.

Adam Reach and Dara O’Shea have deputised there when needed, but it is obvious that he needs help. Nyambe is a different kind of player to Furlong, preferring to sit back and defend while Furlong is more expansive.

According to FBRef, Furlong makes four more crosses per 90 as well as taking more shots and getting more goal involvements.

Nyambe meanwhile makes more tackles, concedes less fouls and picks up less booking per 90 minutes.

Given the differing profiles of the two players, it is unlikely that Nyambe would replace Furlong. Instead, they would compete with each other and give Albion greater flexibility in how they can approach matches.

However, Albion will need to be wary of Nyambe’s fitness after he missed five matches towards the end of last season with a knee injury.

Should The Baggies move for Nyambe, they will gain a strong right-back to offer a genuine alternative to Furlong and will add a new dimension to their team.

In other West Brom news, Steve Bruce is set to give three academy stars a chance in preseason.