Across this period in the Midlands, he scored a fine 49 times as well as contributing 89 assists. He had a famously wicked left foot and often delivered sensational whipped crosses into the various strikers he combined with.
Tony Mowbray could not have possibly realised how important a signing this would prove to be, as he stayed at the club for 13 years until leaving forBristol City in 2020.
If he was back in his prime now, he would certainly add bundles of steel and quality to Steve Bruce’s lacklustre midfield. Although Jack Livermore and Jayson Molumby are a solid partnership, they do not possess half the skillset that Brunt did.
The latter only has two goal contributions during his time at the club and has averaged just a 6.62 SofaScore rating this season.
During Brunt’s final season in the Premier League for West Brom, he averaged a 7.15 SofaScore rating as he recorded seven assists.
He managed to balance offence with defence perfectly, as he also averaged 1.4 key passes per game as well as 1.6 tackles and 1.5 clearances.
This was further shown in his stint at left-back, where he outlined his versatility and willingness to adapt for the club he grew so fond of.
Now a coach for the Baggies, he has completed his cycle of love for the club. He cannot leave, and Bruce would certainly be wishing he could have a fully fit and prime Chris Brunt in his midfield now to help with that promotion push. How they could do with his creativity in a side who have scored just 15 goals all term.