Assessment on the depth of West Brom’s lineup with three more players expected to return

West Brom’s transfer dealings for the summer are completed – this is how their squad currently looks, and the players still to come back


West Bromwich players line up

The average age of West Bromwich Albion’s squad has been reduced by about a year over the course of the summer transfer window. Albion bid farewell to the likes of Jake Livermore, Tom Rogic, Marc Albrighton and David Button – all of the above are at least 30 years old. Compare that to their three new signings – Jeremy Sarmiento (21), Josh Maja (24) and Pipa (25).

Carlos Corberan and the club’s recruitment team generally used the summer to trim the fringes of what had been a pretty bloated squad; the above quartet left alongside Kean Bryan, Karlan Grant, Taylor Gardner-Hickman and a host of academy products, who left on loan, as well as the significant sale of Dara O’Shea to Burnley.

Albion now have 20 genuine first-team players who are currently fit, a number which is usefully supplemented by the additions of promoted young pair Caleb Taylor and Tom Fellows, who have been regularly involved in the first team so far this season and who were kept at the club while others were being sent out on loan spells on deadline day.

On top of that, the Baggies and Corberan have three players currently sidelined, who they await the return of, although in all of those cases patience is urged; Adam Reach and Daryl Dike likely won’t be seen until the other side of the New Year, while Martin Kelly suffered a serious injury in January and he’ll also need a bit more time before he is able to make a return.


Alex Palmer, Josh Griffiths, Ted Cann

All three are academy produced, and all three are now senior keepers. After the departure of Button, Cann was promoted to third choice goalkeeper. Palmer currently has the mitts, which have been earned with hard work and patience over the years.


Darnell Furlong, Pipa, Semi Ajayi, Caleb Taylor, Cedric Kipre, Kyle Bartley, Erik Pieters, Conor Townsend, Martin Kelly

Albion need improvement from their defence, no doubt – they’ve shipped two goals in five of their six games so far. Corberan appears to have settled on Ajayi and Kipre, although at this moment the third spot on the left is fluid – as is Townsend’s role in this XI, when selected. Meanwhile, there’s set to be a fresh battle on the right between Furlong and new signing Pipa.


Okay Yokuslu, Jayson Molumby, Alex Mowatt, Nathaniel Chalobah

Yokuslu and Molumby still pick themselves, although the form of the former has been a little concerning. Corberan seems satisfied with the depth of options in Chalobah and Mowatt, although neither have yet contributed sufficiently yet to justify and claims for a starting berth. Corberan was happy to let Taylor Gardner-Hickman join Bristol City.

West Brom's current squad available to Carlos Corberan
West Brom’s current squad available to Carlos Corberan

Wide areas

Jed Wallace, John Swift, Grady Diangana, Jeremy Sarmiento, Adam Reach, Matt Phillips, Tom Fellows

Albion, even minus the injured Reach, have plenty of options to select from when it comes to deploying players either side of the striker, in this 3-4-3 system. Phillips has made himself a crucial figure again and is currently keeping Townsend out at wing-back, but for now Sarmiento is having to wait his turn behind experienced pair Wallace and Swift. Diangana is also now back, while Fellows’ Championship experience is limited.


Brandon Thomas-Asante, Josh Maja, Daryl Dike

Thomas-Asante is very much first choice at the club right now. Corberan was able to flit between him and Dike during the autumn and winter of last year, before the American’s unfortunate injury. He continues to lead the line admirably having worked on his physique in the summer and in doing so is almost buying time for Maja, who is still finding his feet at his new club. Dike isn’t likely to be back for at least three more months.

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