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2021-2022 Championship Preview - West Brom

Louis Bent – The Baggies Podcast

Main Player

With last season’s star men Matheus Pereira and Sam Johnstone expected to

leave the club this summer (although either would be the star player if they

were to stay) , Albion need to look for other sources of inspiration to give them

a boost this season. Karlan Grant might just be that, despite the fact he

struggled in the Premier League last season. With 19 Championship goals

playing in a poor Huddersfield side, under new manager Valérien Ismaël he

could flourish.

Rising Star

Dara O’Shea made 28 Premier League appearances last campaign and looked

as assured as you can playing in the worst defensive side in the league. The 22

year-old is likely to be called upon again and will hopefully gain some essential

experience playing in the Championship.

What transfers are needed?

Last seasons midfield was predominantly built up using loanees Conor

Gallagher, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Okay Yokuslu. This exemplified our poor

planning and now means we are in need of serious reinforcements in that

area. Alex Mowatt has signed on a free transfer from Barnsley, but there’s still

work to be done to allow us to compete with the rigorous nature of a

Championship engine room.

Predicted Finish

3rd Just missing out on automatics, and unsure whether we’d make it through

the roulette wheel of the play-offs. However, Ismaël’s appointment spells long-

term, therefore promotion is not a complete necessity this season.

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