As reported by the Express and Star, West Brom are looking to bring in a new left-back as their priority piece of transfer business in the summer.
Chris Brunt is currently being used out of position by Tony Pulis, and with Sebastien Pocognoli’s future at the club non-existent, the Baggies need to ensure they bring in a player who can take the starting role.
He needs to be defensively sound, but also a strong attacking force to fit into Pulis’ system, and we take a look at three potential options for West Brom to move for in January.
Craig Forsyth - Derby County
Forsyth has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the entire Championship since moving to Derby in 2013 from Watford. Originally a left winger, the 26-year-old has grown comfortable into a defender, but still possesses the attacking threat which defines his game. He is also comfortable on the ball due to the style of play that Derby utilise, and would likely not be too expensive to bring in.
Charles N'Zogbia - Aston Villa
If Pulis wants to keep a player in who is naturally attacking, he could look at Villa man Charles N’Zogbia. The left-winger has filled in defence before in his career, and like Brunt offers a better attacking threat than defensive one. However, he is faster than Brunt, and can recover on any mistakes he has made. Villa should be open to selling N’Zogbia in January, considering his fractious relationship with fans, and the fact that he has not made a single appearance this season.
Andy Robertson - Hull City
Hull’s Andy Robertson was one of the Tigers’ best performing players in the Premier League last season, in his first year in English football following his move from Dundee United. Playing at left-back for Steve Bruce’s men, the 21-year-old showed his attacking threat and defensive solidity, and he possesses a wicked ball delivery from the wide positions. He has played eight games this season though, and Hull would rue selling a key player as they look to get back to the top flight.