By Azeem Siddiqui

27th Jun, 2022 | 4:10pm

West Brom need leaders like Tom Lawrence to rejuvenate squad for next season

West Brom are interested in signing Derby County captain Tom Lawrence this summer and now lead the race, according to the Daily Mail.

The reports suggest that former Rams manager Wayne Rooney was unable to convince the Welshman to stay at the club as his contract expired.

Steve Bruce is said to be a huge fan of the former Manchester United trainee as he looks forward to making him part of his plans.

Lawrence’s contract at the Pride Park Stadium will come to an end this July and he will be available to join any club as a free agent on July 1st.

Leader

If West Brom manage to get Lawrence signing over the line, they will be getting a leader in every sense. Despite the club being under financial scrutiny and on the decline, the Wales international continued to set the standards.

In the recently concluded season with Derby, the winger scored 11 goals and provided five assists in 38 championship games.

He contributed to 36% of the overall goals for the club and played 78% of the overall Championship minutes [Transfermarkt].

Goalscoring remained a big concern for the Baggies in the recently concluded campaign where they had the seventh-lowest tally out of 24 teams.

Therefore, making a move for a player who contributed so well in the final third, that too in team disarray and facing relegation, seems to be an ideal move as he will bring the character and mentality of a winner.

Also, since it is a World Cup year, Lawrence will be eager to showcase his talent at the highest level to cement his spot in the squad for Qatar.

In other West Brom news, the writing is on the wall for one midfielder as the Baggies look to seal another major new transfer this summer

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