Though West Brom have built the platform for their finest ever Premier League campaign upon manager Tony Pulis’ typically pragmatic blueprint, The Baggies are likely to be in need of defensive reinforcements in the summer.
Jonas Olsson has returned to Sweden to finish his career in his homeland while even the evergreen 37-year-old Gareth McAuley cannot last forever. However, the names linked with a switch to The Hawthorns in recent months, from Phil Jagielka to Jose Fonte, Branislav Ivanovic to John Terry, hardly offer much of a long-term solution.
Average age? 34-years-old.
Yet, according to The Sun, Pulis made an ambitious attempt to lure Terry to the Midlands in January and, with the long-serving Chelsea captain announcing that he will leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, he is expected to try again this summer.
However, if The Baggies hadn’t sold a perfectly good centre-half without so much as a second thought last summer, they wouldn’t be forced to target a 36-year-old with only four Premier League starts all season.
Pulis earned the club a slight profit when they sold James Chester to local rivals Aston Villa for £9 million last summer, as reported by the Daily Mail. Yet, the Welsh international was never given a fair crack of the whip at West Brom in his only season after signing from Hull City.
Chester endured a nightmare debut in a 3-0 home defeat against Manchester City, played out of position at right back. After that, he would only appear 12 more times in the Premier League.
However, after a stand-out European Championship with Wales, Chester has maintained his form in the Championship with Villa. In fact, runaway top scorer Jonathan Kodjia surely has some competition for the Player of the Year award.
And though the 28-year-old may not have been an automatic starter at West Brom, links with a John Terry well past his best only highlight the questionable nature of his departure.