After Jonny Evans completed his move to Leicester City, West Brom will now be looking at centre backs to replace the Northern Irish international.
Evans endured two very successful seasons at the Albion, becoming one of West Brom’s best defenders in recent times. After the departure of Darren Fletcher last summer, Evans became the club captain for what can only be described as a season of turmoil.
It was a disappointing end to Evans’s Albion career, with the 30-year-old being caught up in off-the-pitch antics which resulted in him being dropped at the back end of the season.
From a West Brom point of view, the centre back will need replacing
We’ve taken a look at who could fit the bill in terms of replacing the Northern Irishman:
Aden Flint (Bristol City)
With bags of experience in the Championship, it is no surprise that Aden Flint has been heavily linked with a move to the Hawthorns.
The 6′ 6″ defender would add to the aerial threat that West Brom already have.
Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall)
If it Moore is wanting to add something different, then Shaun Hutchinson could be the man.
The Millwall captain endured a tremendous season, being an ever-present in a side which made a huge last gasp punt for the play-offs.
Previously playing for Fulham, Hutchinson too has a great deal of Championship experience and ais nother defender who has improved each year.
Kyle Bartley (Swansea City)
The Swansea centre back could well be available this summer.
He had a hugely successful loan spell at Leeds in the 2016/17 season, where he was made captain of a team who just fell short of the play-offs.
He also managed to get himself into the Swansea team last season, so also has experience in the Premier League.
It is rumoured that he wants to leave the Swans and could be one for Albion to look at.
Robert Huth (Leicester City)
Looking at centre backs with experience, there’s probably not many that are available with more experience than this Robert Huth.
Winning the Premier League in the 15/16 season, Huth has announced that he will be leaving Leicester this summer and will surely have many clubs looking at him to add experience to their squad.
With Huth being 33, Albion may want to look at younger options but if its experience they’re after, this man should top their list.
Liam Moore (Reading)
A younger option could well be Liam Moore.
A defender who seems to be getting better and better each year, he has had interest from some clubs in the Premier League, such as Brighton.
There’s no reason why Albion wouldn’t be able to convince the Englishman to ply his trade at the Hawthorns.
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic)
Having a look outside of England, we have Derdryck Boyata.
Boyata was on Man City’s books for many seasons and couldn’t get a run in their team.
Since joining Celtic, Boyata has become a strong centre back and has made Belgium’s squad for the World Cup in Russia.
You never know, a move back to English football may tempt him.
Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)
Also one to watch at the World Cup is Croatian centre back, Duje Caleta-Car.
The 21-year-old has had great season for Red Bull Salzburg, winning the title and playing a huge part in their successful Europa League campaign as they made the Semi Finals.
He would be great signing for West Brom, a young defender who has already played at a high level.
Ali Gabr (Zamalek)
Ali Gabr can only be frustrated with not getting a chance to play for West Brom during his six month loan.
Despite Gabr not playing a game, he may be a steal for West Brom.
Albion have the chance to take up their loan to buy option of around £1.1 million and with Gabr heading to World Cup, alongside Hegazi, he may be worth the gamble.
If he has a good World Cup, then £1.1 million is very good business.
Jack Fitzwater (West Brom)
Last, but not least, is Jack Fitzwater.
West Brom might possibly already have a replacement for Jonny Evans.
The 20-year-old has come through Albion’s academy and has had very good loan spells at Forest Green and Walsall last season.
It could be a breakthrough year for the youngster and we all love seeing players come through the academy and excel in the first team.