West Brom were dealt a significant blow to their promotion hopes with Leicester City opting to recall Harvey Barnes.
The midfielder had developed into a key player for the Baggies, scoring nine times in 26 appearances. His loss will be a massive blow to Darren Moore’s side and could force the Englishman into the transfer market for a replacement. Albion have already made one transfer this winter, securing a loan deal for talented Everton youngster Mason Holgate.
The temporary deal will add some much-needed cover for the back four but Moore must continue to seek long-term replacements in his ageing back line. Tyrone Mears is approaching the twilight of his career meaning signing a new right-back could prove to be a wise decision.
An ideal signing could be Nantes defender – Enock Kwateng. Valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old is a graduate of the club’s youth academy and now enjoys a prominent role in the first-team. Kwateng has been ever-present for his side this season, making 16 appearances in Ligue 1.
The youngster is a fantastic defender who would add some steel to the Baggies backline. He loves to get stuck in, averaging an incredible 2.7 tackles per game this season in France. Despite his young age, Kwateng reads the game exceptionally well, helping him make a magnificent amount of interceptions – averaging 3.2 per game in Ligue 1 (WhoScored). The former France U20 international is still developing and improving – he has all the attributes to be a success in England.
With his contract due to expire in the summer, West Brom should bag themselves a January bargain.
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