One figure in West Brom’s squad who didn’t have much of an impact on the team despite playing regularly this season is Grady Diangana.
With 31 appearances to his name in the 2021/22 campaign, the attacker scored just two goals and only provided one assist along the way.
By the end of the season, players such as Adam Reach and Alex Mowatt had more goal contributions than the 24-year-old, who has had his performances in the past labelled “desperate” by Adrian Goldberg.
Along with his lack of regular goal contributions, Diangana’s overall performances were also not up to scratch – so much so that WhoScored gave him a season rating of 6.39/10, making him the lowest-rated outfield Baggies player currently at the club to have started more than one league game.
Now that the summer transfer window is around the corner, there’s every chance that Bruce may not feel like the winger is capable of being an important squad figure for Albion and having what it takes to get them back to the Premier League.
In terms of potential incoming transfers at The Hawthorns, one player with whom the Baggies have been linked and who could potentially push Diangana out the door is Scott Twine.
Since joining MK Dons from Swindon Town last summer, the 22-year-old has taken League One by storm.
Despite being in the third tier, the youngster has shown that he could prove to be just as good in the Championship if given the chance.
Labelled a “human highlight reel” by podcaster Ryan Dilks, Twine’s versatility by playing in numerous midfield and attacking positions this season could also make him a useful squad figure for Bruce, as well as being a more clinical player in front of goal than Diangana.
Therefore, bringing him to The Hawthorns may then give the manager the scope to axe the former West Ham winger for good.