West Brom chief Luke Dowling could deal their top-flight relegation rivals an almighty blow this January…
According to Football Insider, the Baggies are eyeing up a move for Sheffield United centre-back Rhys Norrington-Davies, who has been impressing out on loan at Luton Town.
Burnley are also said to be keen on the 21-year-old Welshman, so three of the Premier League’s bottom four could be thrown into a tug-of-war over his future.
Norrington-Davies is primarily a left-back but can play further forward and also in central defence whilst his form for the Hatters this season earned him his first international cap. He started both of Wales’ UEFA Nations League matches in the latest break.
Albion currently hold the unwanted record of being the leakiest side in the Premier League so far this season, conceding 18 goals from their opening nine matches. That’s an average of two per game and is only matched by Fulham.
Bolstering the left-back spot could be a good place to start – when Conor Townsend is starting over Kieran Gibbs, you know it’s a troublesome position.
The Daily Mail’s ‘Secret Scout’ has been to watch him, and said (via YorkshireLive):
“[Norrington-Davies is] a tall, powerful player, he is difficult to shake off the ball when he moves forward.
“He has the build of a central defender and perhaps he may settle there.
“He looks an excellent competitor and for the present, he seems better equipped for an orthodox left-back role.”
As per WhoScored, the Saudi-born Hatters loanee has averaged 1.4 clearances, 1.1 tackles and 0.8 key passes each game in the Championship this season.
You’d imagine that if the likes of West Brom and Burnley are eyeing a move, then the Blades must be considering a recall to Chris Wilder’s first-team, especially with them likely to be embroiled in this relegation battle into the New Year too.
Nathan Jones has also waxed lyrical over his loan star, dubbing him a “wonderful player” who was “the best about” in his search for a left-back in an interview with Luton Today.
Maybe the Baggies could do with an “upbeat character” such as Norrington-Davies.
Dowling should do all he can to sucker-punch their nearest rivals.
AND in other news, West Brom dodged a financial nightmare with £65k-p/w summer target…