West Brom are still without that holding midfielder addition and with a little over a week remaining in the transfer window, Sam Allardyce needs to strike soon.
One interesting name that has emerged since the turn of the year is promising Leicester City ace Hamza Choudhury, who the Baggies were hopeful to bring in only ten days ago as he’s Big Sam’s no.1 target, as per the Express & Star.
Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers would prefer a permanent exit, but with deadline day in sight and the player favouring a switch the Hawthorns, push could come to shove sooner rather than later over the £60k-per-week talent…
Indeed, if Allardyce were to finally secure the 23-year-old midfielder, he’s likely to come straight into the starting XI otherwise the 66-year-old will have wasted their final domestic loan spot on a back-up.
It means that one of the Baggies’ current options is in grave danger of losing his place and perhaps ruthlessly, that may well be skipper Jake Livermore.
The 31-year-old stalwart has already angered Big Sam to the point of him nearly stripping Livermore of the captaincy. This came after the £10m man received his marching orders in a crucial derby against Aston Villa, this also being the first match of the Allardyce era.
Even aside from that, the former Spurs and Hull midfielder has been one of West Brom’s worst performers in the Premier League this term.
Livermore’s WhoScored rating of 6.19 ranks him last of any Albion player to start ten or matches, that’s even behind other underperformers such as Branislav Ivanovic and Matty Phillips.
No other regular has managed as many fouls (two per game) as the tough-tackling captain, whilst a passing accuracy of 72.9% is the worst of any Baggies midfielder too – and that should be his bread and butter.
The addition of Choudhury would merely give Allardyce reason to drop him at long last – it’s not like there’s currently any real competition pushing him on to do better.
Despite not being given regular game time at the King Power Stadium, Choudhury has shown his quality in glimpses, leading to Gary Lineker dubbing him an “extremely talented young player,” while former coach Steve Walsh once tipped him for international stardom in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
During the 2018/19 season, when he was last given an actual run of matches, the British Asian powerhouse averaged 2.7 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game, which easily puts him above what Livermore has achieved this season.
The £7.2m-rated enforcer would be a most-welcome addition if the Baggies can secure a temporary deal – after all, he won’t have to relocate if he’s based in the Midlands.
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