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Stay or Go? Deciding Which Players West Brom Should Keep and Offload This Summer

West Brom have some big decisions to make with regards to chopping and changing this summer.


They have some ageing players in certain areas of the squad, which should call for Tony Pulis to raid the transfer market, and Albion have some players that will be targeted this summer that they ought to keep.


It was a disappointing end to the season for the Baggies in 2017, who will definitely have felt that eighth place was theirs for the taking.


Here is a review of West Brom's roster, and whether they should be let go or kept ahead of the 2017/18 season.

1. Goalkeepers

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Ben Foster - STAY - The Englishman is a dependable stopper (highlighted by the fact he played every single minute last season), and gives his all between the sticks and has done so for years at the Hawthorns. He is a good, commanding goalkeeper who should be kept.


Boaz Myhill - GO - West Brom ought to find someone who can challenge Foster for the number one position. The fact that he didn't make a single league appearance last season tells you the quality is not there for him to dislodge Foster.

2. Full Backs

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Allan Nyom - STAY - The Cameroonian is strong and mobile, and is more than capable of holding his own against a lot of wingers in the Premier League.


Chris Brunt - GO - Brunt is not technically a full-back, but he filled in there on a number of occasions last season. He is ageing, and often gets exposed by pacy wingers unlike Nyom. Albion should look to be finding a new long term left-back.


Kane Wilson - GO (LOAN) - The youngster has yet to make his professional league debut for West Brom, but perhaps he ought to ply his trade in the Championship before being subject to the likes of Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez in the Premier League.

3. Centre-Backs

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Jonny Evans - STAY - Jonny Evans looks like a genuinely solid defender at West Brom these days. The 29-year-old should begin his third campaign at the Hawthorns and definitely not be cashed in on by Pulis - if anything, he should be given the captain's armband to decrease this likelihood.


Gareth McAuley - GO - All good things must come to an end. McAuley is 37 now, and West Brom need to be lowering their average squad age before it catches up with them. The Northern Ireland international has shown a fantastic eye for goal over the years, and Albion need to replace him with someone of similar ilk.


Craig Dawson - STAY - Pulis should keep Dawson and not deploy him as a stand-in full-back. He doesn't look natural there, but would be decent squad member to fill in for Evans or his partner when needed.  

4. Midfielders

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Jake Livermore - STAY - The former Hull man is on the England fringes, and will be out of his 'settling in' period next season. He will therefore likely have a greater impact on games.


Claudio Yacob - STAY - The Argentinian should be kept by Pulis to be a squad member next season. He is tidy in possession, but one gets the feeling the Baggies need someone with more dynamism and youth on their side.


James Morrison - GO - Pulis should move the Scot on this summer. He is 31-years-old and the Baggies need someone more effective in the engine room than him, if they want to be more competitive and finish higher in the league.


Sam Field - STAY - The youngster could provide some mobility in midfield where others are lacking it.

5. Wingers

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Matt Phillips - STAY - Phillips enjoyed a terrific first third or so of the 2016/17 season, suggesting that the talent is there. He is fast and creative, and is only consistency away from being a top player.


Nacer Chadli - STAY - One of Albion's most creative sparks, Chadli is a danger, but as with Phillips, he just needs to find some consistency. He is the Baggies' record signing for a reason.


James McClean - GO - Perhaps more trouble than he is worth. One gets the feeling that he is overly-aggressive sometimes, and is one softer referee away from a red card.


Rakeem Harper - GO (LOAN) - He is supposedly a top young talent, and maybe needs a loan move to fully convince Pulis of his worth.

6. Strikers

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Salomon Rondon - STAY - The Venezuelan is definitely cut out for the Premier League. He is physical, good on the eye, and good at bringing others around him into play. 


He started off the 2016/17 season very brightly indeed on the goalscoring front, but maybe needs better service from the midfield players, or even a creative striker partner.


Hal Robson-Kanu - GO - He seldom looks a true threat for Pulis, who you get the feeling signed him on the basis of THAT goal for Wales at last summer's Euros - which was a flash of utter brilliance. 


The key word there being 'flash'. He can get goals, but it's high time West Brom found themselves another Romelu Lukaku, but this time on a permanent basis.

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