According to The Birmingham Mail, West Brom manager Darren Moore has said that preparations for the January transfer window have already started.
In the article, it is highlighted that The Baggies should look to try and buy a ball playing central defender- to rival Kyle Bartley-, and a central midfielder.
While West Brom currently have a large stock of central midfielders, they are either in their thirties- Gareth Barry and Chris Brunt- or very young- Sam Field. Only Jake Livermore is player that straddles the two generations at the age of 28.
Moore has largely deployed a system so far this season with three centre-backs, who are expected to play from deep. Additionally, a lot is expected from the central midfielders. Therefore, a player that can ease both problems is Wolves’ struggler Leander Dendoncker.
The 23-year-old is able to play as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, meaning he could occupy whatever role is required the most. Since joining from Anderlecht in the summer, the Belgian is yet to play for Wolves and a loan deal could be what is needed for him to acclimatise to English football.
He could play as a centre-back and facilitate Moore’s style of football, whilst also moving into the midfield from time to time to balance the workload of the older figures at the club.
Of course, the chances are that they would only be able to land this deal on loan, therefore not solving West Brom’s age discrepancy in the long run. However, as a short-term solution to The Baggies’ current issues, a move for Dendoncker would suit all clubs involved.
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