Speaking in a recap video on The Express & Star website following West Brom’s heartbreaking defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday, journalist Matt Wilson has explained what can be expected of Albion over the summer.
After the Baggies’ first leg defeat to Villa it looked like they had it all to do. Yet after Craig Dawson’s goal, there was a glimmer of hope.
However, despite Dean Smith’s side struggling to get into the game they somehow prevailed after winning on penalties. The result consigned West Brom to another season in the Championship.
And with that in mind, Express & Star journalist Wilson has suggested that it could be a significant summer of change for West Brom, hinting at a rebuild. He also expects the club to show more ambition. Speaking on the newspaper’s website, he said:
“I think Albion will look to have a bit more of a rebuild this summer. Last summer they kept their Premier league squad thinking of getting back at the first time. This time I think they’ll need a bit more of a rebuild and we’ll see a bit more ambition, especially in the market in terms of selling and buying. I think it could be a very different Albion team kicking off next season.”
After failing to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking West Brom should be looking to take a different approach.
At the height of their agenda will be their recruitment. Loan deals for Dwight Gayle, Mason Holgate and Tosin Adarabioyo are all coming to an end whilst there are a number of elder statesmen who have perhaps outstayed their welcome.
With this in mind, it’s easy to see why the club will probably be busy in the summer. After a campaign which ended in disappointment then there needs to be far more ambition shown by the likes of Mark Jenkins. That’s easier said than done, however.
But the fact of the matter is, West Brom need to rebuild. There hasn’t been a significant overhaul in a while and it could now be a case of finding short-term success and buying players suitable for the Championship.