Performance in Numbers: Liam Lindsay ideal signing for West Brom’s new manager

Ahead of what is a huge summer for West Brom, they could be left staring down the barrel of a mass exodus.

Technical Director Luke Dowling has already revealed that a number of players may have to leave in order to cut back on their wage bill.

Among those to go through the exit door could be two defenders. Craig Dawson has already been the subject of a report linking him with Burnley whilst they could also lose Kieran Gibbs.

Despite the options they’ve had in defence they still weren’t particularly solid last season but there is a player who could be capable of solving that issue.

Last week The Scottish Sun claimed that West Brom were showing an interest in Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay.

The Scot has been a rock for the Tykes and although playing in League One last term, he could be the perfect man to solve a number of problems.

Firstly, he could put whoever becomes the new manager at the Hawthorns instantly in supporters’ good books, especially judging by his first season in the Championship.

During the 2017/18 campaign, a season where the Reds were relegated, the 23-year-old was particularly solid.

Defending for large parts of each match, his reading of the play was impressive. On average, he made 1.5 interceptions.

In comparison, no other West Brom centre-back made more during the 2018/19 season.

Lindsay’s no-nonsense nature is one aspect that stands out above anything else. He made six clearances per match whilst also winning 4.5 aerial duels during his debut campaign in England.

Both stats come close to arguably Albion’s best defender, Ahmed Hegazi.

Assessing his statistical data from the last time he played in the Championship, it’s clear he’d be an astute signing, especially judging by how he matches up against those already at the club.

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Should he arrive, there’s a case to be made for him being central to the new manager’s rebuild.

It may not be a signing to rave about, but adding individuals of this quality will be imperative in proving that they can recruit players for the level of football they now play in.

After their poor business in the January transfer window, landing a centre-back like Lindsay could go a long way to proving to supporters that the new manager actually knows what he’s doing.