An update has emerged regarding West Brom’s interest in Sheffield United defender Kean Bryan.
According to Football Insider, the Baggies are preparing a contract offer for Bryan this week. The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the month and is poised to leave United on a free transfer, although he is currently in discussions with the Yorkshire club over a new deal.
Earlier this year, former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder hailed the talented ex-Manchester City player, telling The Star: “To be at Manchester City all of those years, you obviously have to be a talented player. Kean is versatile too, he’s played at centre-half in a three, as a wing-back and also in the middle.
“To be able to play at this level, you have to be able to take instructions on board and make decisions for yourself, because it’s a moving game. The ball doesn’t stand still. You have to be smart and bright and there’s an intelligence, a footballing intelligence, to that.”
West Brom could strike gold by swooping in to secure a deal for the versatile 24-year-old. The fans would surely love it if Bryan ended up at The Hawthorns as he is a versatile, strong defender who could add extra competition in several positions for the Baggies.
Kieran Gibbs, Semi Ajayi, Conor Townsend and Kyle Bartley are all 27 or older and Bryan could add some youthful energy to the mix alongside the likes of Dara O’Shea and Darnell Furlong, whilst potentially being a key player for West Brom for years to come.
Bryan has been deployed at left wing-back, left midfield, centre-back, defensive midfield and in central midfield during his short career to date. This means that Valerien Ismael could utilise him in a variety of different ways during the season.
Bryan could provide cover for a multitude of positions and essentially save West Brom from needing to sign other players as backups. For example, instead of signing a new centre-back and defensive midfielder, West Brom could kill two birds with one stone by bringing in the 24-year-old, who can play in both positions.
The £3,000-per-week beast also has vital Premier League experience from last season with Sheffield United. He played 13 times for the Blades in the top flight, mostly at centre-back, and scored once. This experience could be crucial should West Brom return to the Premier League at the first time of asking, as Bryan would not then be overawed by the prospect of playing at the top level. Therefore, Albion could be striking gold if they land the 24-year-old on a free transfer.