West Bromwich Albion have never been shy when it comes to signing players on free transfers during previous transfer windows.
The likes of Jed Wallace, John Swift, Andy Carroll and Adam Reach, among others, have all made moves to The Hawthorns on free transfers in recent memory.
Another player that the Baggies brought in on a free transfer during last summer’s transfer window is Alex Mowatt.
Signed from Barnsley as Valerien Ismael’s first incoming transfer at the Midlands club following his appointment as West Brom manager in June 2021, the midfielder had a decent debut season with the Baggies.
In his 34 league appearances, the Englishman made 35 interceptions, won 35 tackles and delivered 142 crosses for his current club. This shows just how useful he was in a defensive and attacking sense.
With the current summer transfer window open for business, this period could give Steve Bruce the chance to sign someone who not only could strengthen West Brom’s midfield but also form a scary partnership alongside Mowatt.
One player who has been mentioned with a move to The Hawthorns this summer who could fit this particular bill is Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
In his 53 Premier League appearances for the Foxes, the Englishman has won 34 tackles and made 507 pressures, 61 blocks, 69 interceptions and 56 clearances. This highlights his defensive capabilities from midfield and shows what he’d be able to offer to the Baggies should he end up joining them this summer.
Taking this into account, it’s safe to suggest that if Bruce were able to create a team containing both Mowatt and Choudhury, this could be a scary prospect for opposition players to come up against, given how relentless both players are when it comes to winning the ball back.
If the Baggies see an opportunity to negotiate with the Foxes over a potential deal for the £3.6m-rated midfielder, this would surely give their chances of securing promotion to the Premier League a big boost ahead of the new campaign.