Having racked up 11 wins, eight draws and four defeats, West Brom are currently sat in fourth place in the Championship table, just four points behind league leaders Fulham, firmly putting them in the race to win promotion back to the Premier League by the end of the campaign.
With the January transfer window on the horizon, Baggies boss Valerien Ismael has the opportunity to chop and change his squad however he sees fit to give the Midlands club the best chance of securing their place in the Premier League.
Taking this into account, one player that should be on their way out of the club next month is defender Semi Ajayi.
In a recent article from Birmingham Live listing the current West Brom players that could leave the club in January, they describe Ajayi’s immediate future at The Hawthorns as being “pretty uncertain.”
Since the start of November, the 28-year-old, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £13k-per-week according to Salary Sport, has played just four minutes of league action for the Baggies despite playing the full 90 minutes in all of their league games in September and October.
This suggests that Ajayi could be out of favour with Ismael and why he has been listed as a potential outgoing transfer in January.
Having been previously been criticised for his “stinker” of a performance in their 2-1 win over QPR in September by Baggies podcaster Adrian Goldberg, who picked out Ajayi’s passing in the game, particularly, as being “dreadful,” this could be a reason why Ismael has left him out of the team in recent weeks.
Moving forward, with the January window opening, it could be worth West Brom cutting their ties with Ajayi if Ismael thinks he doesn’t have the quality to help the team secure promotion throughout the remainder of the season and not allow him to play again for the club.
However, one factor that could save the defender’s career at West Brom is the fact that they still have Dara O’Shea out injured as well as having Kean Bryan set to spend the rest of the season out through injury, leaving Ismael with limited options at the back.
If Ajayi does stay at West Brom and is given a chance to play again by Ismael, he will have to show the Baggies boss that he has what it takes to be a regular figure for the team and capable of performing at a high standard. At the moment, however, he is not good enough to don the jersey.