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West Brom should sign Jay Mingi over Jon Russell

West Bromwich Albion have clearly identified midfield as an area needed for recruitment, as rumours persist linking them with options…

What’s the latest?

The latest comes from Portsmouth’s The News page, where they detail all the potential transfer dealings that could go on at the south coast club.

Of them, Jay Mingi is touted with a move following a season of “hurtling emergence” as they describe it.

With the Baggies mentioned in the report, they will battle with the likes of Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City for his signature.

The 22-year-old is entering the final six months of his deal, meaning Carlos Corberan would only have to pay compensation to snatch him from the League One club.

Better than Russell

As aforementioned, Mingi is not the only option the Midlands outfit are considering this January.

Who would you sign?

Jon Russell

Jon Russell

Jay Mingi

Jay Mingi

Another prominent rumour that has arisen has linked Corberan with a return to his old club for Jon Russell, although there is cause to believe that the Pompey maestro could offer far more than the struggling Jamaican.

Despite impressing in their promotion push last season, he has disappointed this campaign, outlined in his 6.61 average rating.

He clearly has issues with the weight of maintaining his strong performances, which could suggest their fleeting nature and his lack of consistency.

Meanwhile, Mingi has featured just 28 times for Portsmouth after a spell in West Ham United’s academy.

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West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce

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Despite playing at a lower level, it is clear that defensively the youngster shines. Recording 1.1 tackles per game alongside 3.7 duels, he has earned widespread praise for his focus on mastering the dirty work.

What makes these numbers even more impressive is that he has only been handed a fleeting role thus far this season, as he is averaging just 34 minutes per game.

Despite this, his former manager Danny Cowley has been vocal in his admiration for the young midfielder: “Jay [Mingi] is talented and can be whatever he wants to be. He has some attributes that we can’t give, such as pace, power, the ability to cover the ground and put the fires out.

“He’s very good in the defensive transition and we are working hard on his technical ability off both feet, receiving and passing skills, his tactical understanding of how to receive the ball and how to find his own space.”

Clearly well thought of, the freedom he could hand to the likes of Tom Rogic would make him a much better option than Russell, who has somewhat shown his true colours this season.