West Bromwich Albion have been dealt some disappointments in the transfer market this summer by seeing reported targets make moves elsewhere.
For example, after being linked with a move for Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis, the Baggies ultimately failed to secure a deal for him before he ended up joining fellow Championship side Watford on a season-long loan deal.
With that in mind, and the fact that the Baggies have seen Alex Mowatt join Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the campaign, this should make the club look to bring in a new midfielder before the transfer window closes.
One name that has been mentioned with a move to the Hawthorns that could be seen as an ideal alternative to Choudhury and help fill the void left by Mowatt is Fabian Delph.
Earlier this week, it was reported by the print version of the Daily Mail (via West Brom Xtra), that the Baggies are exploring a deal to sign the midfielder, who is currently a free agent after leaving Everton at the end of last season.
With 204 Premier League appearances to his name, as well as two league titles, this experience of not only playing at the highest domestic level, but winning trophies as well, could be crucial for the Baggies and their efforts in getting back to the top flight.
Despite only making 11 league appearances for the Toffees last season, the 32-year-old still showed how impressive he can be as journalist Dave Vitty lauded the “huge difference” the Englishman made to the team after coming on as a substitute in Everton’s 2-1 defeat against Wolves back in November.
Having played across a variety of positions in midfield and defence throughout his career, this versatility could make him a very useful addition to Steve Bruce’s squad.
Indeed, he’d certainly be a suitable, if not better alternative to Choudhury, as the former Everton midfielder managed to rack up a higher pass accuracy percentage as well as more successful tackles, interceptions and blocks, despite both players only starting 12 league games combined last season.
Given the need to add a new midfielder to the squad, securing a free transfer for Delph, who was picking up £80k-per-week at Goodison Park, should be a no-brainer for the Baggies.