West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt has admitted that he is expecting the club to sell some of its key players in the summer, as reported on the Express and Star.
Brunt is hoping to stay with the Baggies for another year and he showed his quality as he scored one and set up another in the comfortable midweek victory over Swansea City.
The Championship club did well to hang on to some of their best players last summer after being relegated from the Premier League, but Brunt believes doing that again could be a tough challenge. He said:
There was a lot of speculation about losing players last summer. The loanees have also had a massive effect, Dwight Gayle and Mason Holgate are good players.
Our budget is one of the highest in the league, it’s important we achieve promotion back to the Premier League.
Things could be a lot different in the summer. The players we held onto may end up having to be sold, inevitably some of them will be sold to balance books.
If the Baggies manage to earn promotion this year, then they could find it easier to keep their best players, but Brunt wants to stay at the Hawthorns, whether the club wins promotion or not.
Players West Brom may have to sell in the summer
The striker is Premier League quality and if the Baggies don’t get promoted, several top-flight clubs are certain to target him.
Burke is currently on loan at Celtic where he is impressing. If he continues that way, West Brom could get a good fee for him.
On his day, Phillips can be very difficult to come up against. The club could make a decent sum of money out of him.
Gibbs is still a quality full-back and could do a good job for a lower level Premier League side.