West Bromwich Albion are no strangers to the Championship and they have proven time and time again that they are able to bounce back into the top-flight, so the supporters will be hoping they can live up to their reputation once again this season.
However, time is running out for the club to make the acquisitions they will need to build a strong squad ahead of the new season. Darren Moore’s squad is looking incredibly thin as the club prepare for their opening fixture of the new campaign against Bolton Wanderers tomorrow afternoon.
But according to a recent report from The Guardian, the Baggies could be set to sell one of their star players this summer despite their lack of numbers, as they have told Burnley they will need to part with £20 million in order to acquire the services of Jay Rodriguez.
There is no doubt that Rodriguez is one of the most influential attacking players at West Brom, but a fee of £20 million is certainly one which would represent a fine piece of business from the club, providing they reinvest it in new players of course.
The problem for Darren Moore ahead of the new season is that he is lacking strength in numbers, so the sale of Rodriguez could be the deal which allows him to resolve a key club issue before the window slams shut.
Ultimately, West Brom will need a strong group of players across a 46-fixture season in order to compete for promotion, and the £20 million they would acquire from Rodriguez’s sale would help them to bring in plenty of new players in the final week of the window.
The other factor for West Brom to consider is: will Rodriguez maintain his value at £20 million if they decide against selling him this summer?
It’s extremely unlikely that he would command that sort of transfer value next summer, so the club would be wise to cash in whilst they can if Burnley stump up £20 million in the coming days, but only if they are willing to use all of that money to bring in new talent of their own.
West Brom fans – thoughts? Let us know below!