If Danny Batth struggled for game time at Wolverhampton Wanderers en route to winning the Championship title last season, it seems unlikely that the long-serving skipper is going to play a major role in their first season back in the Premier League.
27-year-old Batth, who has been with Wolves throughout the whole of his footballing career, is certainly a victim of the club’s success. He was a key player during their time in League One but has been left behind since the arrivals of Fosun and Jorge Mendes changed the club’s fortunes.
With Connor Coady, Wily Boly, Ryan Bennett and even Roderick Miranda ahead of him in the pecking order, Batth started just 15 league games in 2017/18. He can expect to feature even less next season, particularly if Wolves strengthen their backline in the transfer market.
So Batth will now find himself in a very difficult position. Should he leave Wolves, his boyhood club, for their bitter Midland rivals in an attempt to enhance his own career prospects?
The Mirror (live blog, 1.31pm) is reporting that West Brom are keen to sign Batth, potentially as a replacement for the departed Jonny Evans or the departing Craig Dawson. Batth, who is valued at £4 million, would have a much better chance of first-team football should he swap Molineux for the Hawthorns.
At times like this, it is best to put your allegiances to one side and think about what is best for you. And the fact is that West Brom would suit Batth far better than Wolves right now.