Having already seen the likes of Craig Dawson and Jay Rodriguez make their departures from the Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion may now be about to lose Ahmed Hegazi.
Hegazi made 56 appearances for the reigning Egyptian Premier League champions in all competitions between 2015 and 2017 (via Transfermarkt) before moving to West Brom who were in the Premier League at the time.
Since making this switch, the defender has been a mainstay in the Baggies’ starting eleven, featuring in their back four on 85 occasions (via Transfermarkt).
Given that the Baggies have already parted ways with Dawson this summer, seeing Hegazi leave could be a bitter pill to swallow for the club’s supporters.
An integral part of their defence last season, the Egyptian played a key role in helping the club reach the play-offs in May as he appeared in all but six of their Championship fixtures last season, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.06.
Considering that only Dwight Gayle (7.11) and Harvey Barnes (7.34), who were both incidentally on loan from Premier League sides, achieved a higher score than Hegazi (via WhoScored) it would not be at all surprising if West Brom struggle in his absence.
Whereas Slaven Bilic’s arrival last month was always going to lead to him wanting to put his own stamp on his new side, he will need to bring in an adequate replacement for the 28-year-old if he does leave as the Baggies will only have one recognised central defender (Kyle Bartley) at their disposal heading into the new campaign (via Transfermarkt).
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