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West Brom could move for Gallagher 2.0 in Lewis O’Brien

West Bromwich Albion could be set to reunite Carlos Corberan with one of his former stars…

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That’s according to journalist Alan Nixon, who, speaking on his Patreon, suggested the new boss is “watching developments” with Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis O’Brien.

The maestro made a £10m move to the Tricky Trees in the summer after beating Corberan’s Huddersfield Town side in the play-off final but has since struggled to retain a starting spot in Steve Cooper’s side.

As such, a loan move to the Midlands could now materialise this January window. Having not even made the bench for their win over Southampton, Nixon seems to think this “confirms rumours that he is available.”

Their next Gallagher

Having loaned from the Premier League in the past with success, this move could be instrumental in their sensational push for promotion.

Starting the season terribly under Steve Bruce, Corberan’s entry halted their run of just one win in 13 Championship games which had seen them slump into the relegation zone.

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Now, the Baggies have won eight of their last nine games, and sit just one point from the play-off spots.

Adding O’Brien to a squad already in unstoppable form could be a masterstroke, especially if he can capture the loan success that Conor Gallagher had at the Hawthorns during his 2020 move.

Before truly bursting onto the scene for Crystal Palace, the 22-year-old had starred for a poor West Brom side that succumbed to relegation.

However, he managed to record a 6.74 average rating throughout that season, scoring twice, assisting two more, and recording 2.7 tackles per game too, via Sofascore.

He was a shining light in an otherwise dull team, but now O’Brien could be just another string to Corberan’s ever-improving bow.

The 24-year-old stopper was outstanding under his old boss for the Terriers, where he would record a 7.00 average rating whilst only missing three of their 46 Championship games.

He would score three, assist a further three, and record a similarly impressive 2.2 tackles per game.

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West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce

First up on the quiz: after what game was Steve Bruce sacked by West Brom?

It was this season that led the Spanish manager to dub him an “exceptional” midfielder, showcasing the relationship they shared.

This could play a huge role in tempting him towards a reunion, in an effort to exorcise their playoff demons of last season.

O’Brien’s potential loan move could be even more imperative than Gallagher’s was, given their current form and the endless possibilities this season now holds.