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West Brom: Isaac Hayden can be everything Stefan Johansen couldn’t be

West Brom: Isaac Hayden can be everything Stefan Johansen couldn’t be

It’s safe to say that not all of West Brom’s ambitious January signings worked out well.

Indeed, Jacob Murphy and Jefferson Montero have had mixed results, but Stefan Johansen’s loan move isn’t going according to plan.

The centre-midfielder was surely signed to bring sparks to the Baggies’ pretty drab midfield but he’s been unable to do much on the creative front. Despite having assisted two goals and scored one in nine appearances, he’s mostly been quite lacklustre and looks a shell of the player who helped take Fulham to the Premier League. Johansen’s been unable to be the influential figure West Brom were hoping for, as someone more effective is needed to spark up their game next season.

The Baggies must be looking at options and Isaac Hayden’s comments to the Newcastle United official website suggesting he’d be keen on a move down south, they must act after previously being reported to hold an interest by John Percy of the Telegraph in January.

Despite his unhappiness off the field, the former Arsenal midfielder’s been a breakout star for the Magpies, putting in some bright performances against superior opposition. Clearly a technically gifted midfielder and one mobile enough to get all around the pitch, he’d be a breath of fresh air at the Hawthorns.

Not only has Hayden, who is valued at £6.3 million (by Transfermarkt), assisted three goals and scored one, but he’s also been pivotal in finding space for his attackers to diligently creating chances. He’s created four big goal-scoring chances while maintaining a 50% crossing accuracy and giving 16 accurate long-balls. Despite having to operate more defensively, Hayden’s recorded a 57% tackling success and made 32 interceptions (stats via Premier League) to win possession, urging his side forward.

Alongside Jake Livermore, the 24-year-old can revitalise a midfield that often looks so painfully stodgy.

He can be the complete package for West Brom’s midfield. In need of an energetic, box-to-box midfielder who can drive them forward and also win possession, the Baggies need to make a statement by outbidding Hayden’s suitors and securing his signature next season.

West Brom fans, do you think Hayden’s the right man to lead the Baggies midfield next season? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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