West Bromwich Albion are set to lose their St. Kitts and Nevis international midfielder Romaine Sawyers this summer.
As per a report from The Athletic’s Steve Madeley, the Baggies are said to have decided against activating their one-year extension option in Sawyers’ contract.
Taking to his Twitter page, Madeley stated: “Romaine Sawyers is a free agent after Albion decided not to activate their one-year option on his contract. Sad to see his homecoming end anticlimactically after such a promising start but not hugely surprising news.”
With the likes of Sam Johnstone and Andy Carroll also running their contracts down, Bruce could be on the verge of a summer disaster, with yet another player set to depart.
Sawyers, who has scored a total of 43 goals across his professional career thus far, spent this season on loan at fellow West-Midlands side Stoke City, chipping in with two goals and three assists in 25 Championship appearances for the Potters.
Though it is worth noting that whilst he only started 44% of those aforementioned appearances, he does still have a lot to offer, even in what is the twilight of this career at the age of 30.
Amongst the Stoke City squad, Sawyers, who has been dubbed a “baller” has registered some respectable numbers that show he is still accustomed to this level of football.
In terms of accurate passes per 90, the 30-year-old ranks second in the squad with 41.6, around five passes less than Phil Jagielka who ranks first. He’s also clinical in terms of his attacking efficiency, making the most of his 25 appearances by creating 21 chances to mark himself down as City’s sixth-best chance creator at an average chance created per match metric of 1.1.
His versatility is also part of the service that he provides, which is yet another eyebrow-raiser in the wake of Bruce’s recent decision against a one-year extension.
With what is now a third notorious name who is set to run down their contract and leave in the summer, Bruce is on the cusp of a summer disaster.