James Shan may have been confirmed by West Brom as their manager until the end of the season, but The Sun on Sunday (14/4; page 61) – via HITC – declared that the club were interested in Sunderland boss Jack Ross.
Having appointed Shan for the time being, West Brom look as though they’re wanting to give themselves more time to line up a proper replacement for the recently dismissed Darren Moore ahead of next season. This comes after their reported pursuit of Alex Neil came to an end with the Scot signing a new deal with Preston.
The Baggies currently find themselves in the play-offs, meaning that promotion back to the Premier League is still very much on the cards.
With that in mind, we’ve predicted how the club could line up next season under Ross if all were to go to plan.
Ross has favoured a 4-2-3-1 formation throughout much of the season with Sunderland but recently has switched to a 4-4-2, which sees two wingers slightly further ahead of two deeper midfielders. This means it’s likely he’d ditch the three back West Brom have sometimes gone with if he were to join.
West Brom’s squad ahead of next season depends on a whole host of variables going their way. At the moment Chris Brunt and Rekeem Harper are out of contract in the summer, but their performances recently are surely rewarding of new deals.
Harper especially will be someone Baggies supporters are eager to see put pen to paper, given his potential.
With Oliver Burke and Salomon Rondon’s loans with Celtic and Newcastle respectively, coming to an end over the summer, they may slot straight back into the team. If West Brom get promoted they’ll need to strengthen significantly but both players possess the qualities necessary to thrive in the Premier League. Rondon has displayed that this season, notching nine goals.
Dwight Gayle has been mightily impressive for West Brom this term, but it’s still unknown whether the player will return despite him claiming he wants to stay in the Midlands.
There will also be the absence of Mason Holgate who will return to Everton. With Allan Nyom the only recognised right back in the squad, he slots back into a position he occupied when West Brom were previously in the top flight.