With West Brom already boasting one of the thinnest squads in the Premier League, it should arguably be alarming to the Baggies hierarchy that, as things stand, they have six first-team players out of contract in the summer while a further two will come to the end of their loan deals at The Hawthorns, according to Transfermarkt.
One of the players whose deal is set to expire at the end of the season who should arguably be offered fresh terms is Chris Brunt.
The 32-year-old has been an excellent servant for West Brom since arriving from Sheffield Wednesday a decade ago, and his versatility surely makes him the kind of player that could continue to be useful.
Brunt is able to play on the left-hand side of defence or further forward in midfield, and he has been a consistent source of assists down the years, contributing 42 assists in the Premier League since the start of the 2010/11 season, which is the same number of league goals he has scored since moving from Hillsborough.
Brunt may not be a key man for the Baggies any longer, but, even as he approaches the twilight of his career, West Brom would possibly have to pay a significant amount of money to find a player who gives the side the consistency and reliability that the Northern Irishman often provides.
And for that reason, it is surely fair to say that West Brom would be making a mistake if they allowed his contract to expire in the summer given how thin their squad could become.