James Tavernier will have to improve in one key area if he joins West Brom

According to The Daily Mail, Rangers man James Tavernier has attracted the interest of West Bromwich Albion as the Baggies gear up for another term in the Championship.

What’s the word?

West Brom have a major rebuild on their hands if they’re to achieve promotion next season.

Seeking a new manager, there also needs to be a drastic improvement in the playing staff. As many as five players could walk out the exit door following those who were also released by the club.

Key to the overhaul could be Tavernier who Albion are interested in according to a report in The Daily Mail.

They claim that they’ll face competition from both Aston Villa and Brighton who have also registered an interest in the dynamic right back.

Improvement needed

As far as modern full backs go, the Gers ace is one of the best in terms of goals and assists registered per season.

In 2018/19 he found the net on 17 occasions whilst also laying on 20 strikes for his teammates. 37 goal involvements is a mightily impressive tally for someone who plays in defence, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still room for improvement.

West Brom would be sorted at set pieces, but it’s in possession of the ball that the 27-year-old will have to be better.

In the Europa League last season he boasted a pass success of just 64.5% whilst he also made 1.5 unsuccessful touches of the ball per game.

In a league as frantic as the Championship, this is something that he’d have to get better at. The quality of the opposition in the SPFL are arguably worse than you’d find in the second tier of English football and not having as much time on the ball could be detrimental for Tavernier.

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To make matters worse, the defender was also dispossessed on 1.2 occasions on average per game in the Europa League. For someone playing at the back, this is an alarming statistic.

The fact he’s contributed to so many goals makes him an attractive proposition, but there is still some work for Tavernier to do in order to be a success if he joins West Brom.