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West Brom dream of Chris Brunt gracing the Hawthorns once more

West Bromwich Albion created plenty of players who will go down as cult heroes during their Premier League era.

Of the most prominent names, surrounding the likes of Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson, the infamous Chris Brunt always comes to mind first.

Would you take Chris Brunt back now?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Signed in 2007 for just £3m, the Northern Irish midfielder went on to feature 421 times for the Baggies.

He also made 153 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday before making the switch to the Hawthorns.

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 for Bristol 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.

Journalist Kieran Doody labelled Brunt a “vastly underrated player” who had been the “perfect ambassador” for the club. He was richly deserving of his testimonial, which was played just last week.

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.

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