The Sun on Sunday (05/05: page 59) – via HITC, have reported that Graham Potter is attracting the interest of West Brom, who are once more stepping up their approach for a new permanent manager.
Any move for the Swansea boss would see them have to potentially pay £2m, per claims from The Sun, which could come as a sticking point.
However, given his record to date, he’d be a fabulous capture for the Baggies, who should surely be aiming for long term stability over the next few years.
Jimmy Shan currently has the reins until the end of the season but Albion’s plan beyond that is unclear. So, with the possibility of Potter rejoining West Brom 19 years after he departed as a player, how could they look under the 43-year-old?
At Swansea this season, Potter has preferred a 4-2-3-1 formation which would therefore likely see him adopt the same tactics should he arrive at West Brom.
This means that the three-man defensive structure Shan has gone with will be ditched.
The noticeable difference in this side is Oliver Burke. The Scotsman has been left in the shadows at the Hawthorns but has enjoyed a productive loan spell with Celtic in the back half of the campaign.
Potter has the ability to get the most out of players who are yet to realise their potential and you only have to look at what he did with Ostersunds to gain a greater understanding of that. He could be the man to turn Burke’s West Brom career around.
With the Swans he’s also favoured youth. In particular, Dan James has shone. Bearing this in mind, Potter may give more starts to Kyle Edwards if he joins. The same trust in young players sees our predicted XI include Sam Field and Rekeem Harper.
West Brom’s side will, of course, depend on promotion and new additions. However, those are the players the former Ostersunds manager might have at his disposal in pre-season if the club’s interest in him materialises.