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West Brom: Bruce can finally axe Jake Livermore with Joe Rothwell transfer

West Bromwich Albion had a pretty disappointing Championship campaign as the Baggies failed to get in with a shout of winning promotion back to the Premier League.

One man at The Hawthorns who had a fairly uninspiring season from an individual point of view is club captain Jake Livermore.

Livermore at West Brom

Over 37 league appearances, the midfielder ended up earning himself a rather underwhelming overall performance rating of 6.53/10 from WhoScored. This makes him one of the lowest-rated outfield Baggies players currently at the club to start more than one league game.

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As the club captain, for whom the Baggies paid £10m to sign in 2017, it’s safe to suggest that he didn’t do a great job of leading by example in 2021/22.

Livermore’s current contract at The Hawthorns is set to expire in the summer of 2023, meaning that the upcoming transfer window could give Albion a good opportunity to potentially cash in on the midfielder should they feel the need to get rid.

With Steve Bruce previously speaking about a potential overhaul at the club this summer, moving Livermore out could well be in the 61-year-old’s plans.

In terms of who the Baggies could look to bring in as a potential replacement for the 32-year-old, Blackburn Rovers stalwart Joe Rothwell could be the right fit for Bruce and West Brom.

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Axe Livermore, sign Rothwell

With West Brom having been linked with a move for the 27-year-old – who will be a free agent in July once his current contract at Ewood Park runs out – over the past few weeks, it could be a good financial move for the Midlands club to bring him in.

From a footballing perspective, meanwhile, Rothwell ended the recent season with 141 crosses to his name, which is at least 50 more than any of his Blackburn team-mates managed, and a whopping 135 more than Livermore made.

Along with his useful attacking prowess which saw him score three goals and provide 10 assists in this 2021/22 campaign, the midfielder is also a very capable defensive figure, having made 48 interceptions and 26 tackles in 41 league games.

Praised by Rovers journalist Jaquob Crooke for his “mesmerising” ability on the ball, Rothwell could be just what West Brom need if they are to be a bit more dynamic in their attack and give themselves a better chance of promotion in 2023.

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