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West Brom can kickstart a revolution with Steven Schumacher

Plymouth Argyle manager Steven Schumacher is one of the favourites for the West Brom job and Ron Gourlay could kickstart a revolution at the Hawthorns by hiring him.

Reports have suggested that the Baggies are keen on the 38-year-old as he continues to impress with the Pilgrims, as they currently sit top of League One.

West Brom, meanwhile, sit 20th in the Championship after Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat against Bristol City with the problems of the Steve Bruce era still plain to see.

While Schumacher would undoubtedly be an exciting appointment given his results at Plymouth, with whom he has won 27 of his 45 matches in charge, he could also help oversee a big change with the Baggies.

Plymouth boast one of the youngest squads in League One, with an average age of 24.7 whereas West Brom have one of the oldest in the Championship, with an average age of 27.1.

Although the Baggies possess some exciting young talents such as Grady Diangana, Brandon Thomas-Asante and Taylor Gardner-Hickman they also have a number of veteran defenders and midfielders who are no longer the players they once were.

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Schumacher has shown during his time at Plymouth that he can get the best out of young players with Bali Mumba (21), Michael Cooper (23) and Finn Azaz (22) rated as the three best-performing players in their squad this season according to WhoScored.

The young manager has already proven his tactical nous at Plymouth, speaking to Sky Sports earlier in the season about how a thrashing against MK Dons on the final game of last season led to a change of shape that has seen the Pilgrims start the new season in hugely impressive form.

He said: “Last year, we could not play this 3-4-3 that we recruited for. Now, there are tactical variations that we can pose. We can switch to a back four comfortably. I think it is important to be adaptable.”

Should the former Bury midfielder arrive at the Hawthorns as Bruce’s replacement, he would hopefully continue that trend and get the best out of West Brom’s youngsters, while also bringing in some younger players to aid the squad, rather than the experienced players that Bruce preferred.

Bruce added the likes of Erik Pieters (34) and Martin Kelly (32) during the summer, and while experience is no bad thing to have in any squad looking to get to the Premier League, neither player has done much to impress thus far, averaging 6.85 and 6.82 ratings for their performances in the Championship respectively.

Therefore, if West Brom want to plan for the future and turn their fortunes around, then hiring a highly-rated young manager such as Schumacher might be the best move. It could just spark a youth-based revolution at the Hawthorns.

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