West Brom will be looking to win promotion back into the Premier League at the first time of asking this season, after being relegated from the top-flight last term.
The Baggies finished 19th in the Premier League table under the management of Sam Allardyce, before the 66-year-old left his role in charge of the club earlier this summer.
West Brom looked towards a manager that has caught the eye in his first season in the Championship, as they appointed Valerien Ismael as their new boss, after agreeing compensation with fellow second-tier side Barnsley to see him move to the Hawthorns ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Ismael will be looking to add players to his squad, with Alex Mowatt joining him at West Brom after opting not to renew his contract with Barnsley at Oakwell.
But with new arrivals likely, it does mean that some of the current West Brom squad are set for summer departures, and some are already attracting interest.
One of those to be linked with a move back into the Premier League is defender Darnell Furlong, with Football Insider claiming that both Burnley and newly-promoted Brentford are reportedly keen on finalising a deal to land his signature in the near future.
The full-back signed for the club back in 2019 from QPR and has gone on to make 69 appearances in total for the Baggies, and it appears as though his performances haven’t gone unnoticed.
For any player, you’re going to want to be playing your football at the highest possible level, and a move to either Burnley or Brentford would present Furlong with the opportunity to do just that in England’s top-flight.
The Championship is a competitive league, but the prospect of playing against some of the best players in the world whilst in the Premier League will tempt Furlong, and you couldn’t blame the defender if he wanted to head for the exit door this summer.
Ismael was heavily reliant on his wing-backs whilst with Barnsley, with the likes of Callum Styles and Callum Brittain catching the eye with some strong performances with the Tykes, as they challenged for promotion into the Premier League themselves.
But Furlong only chipped in with one goal and three assists last term for West Brom, which could make it the ideal move for all parties involved if he was to depart the Hawthorns.
An attack-minded full-back playing to a high-intensity style is key to Ismael’s philosophy, and with Furlong on reported wages of £22,000 per-week (according to Salary Sport), it is time for them to cash-in on him in the near future, and sign a cheaper, more suitable option, as they look to adjust to dropping back to the Championship and to the new manager’s desires.