The 25-year-old has only amassed 17 minutes of playing time from Albion’s last four Premier League games since Allardyce took charge, having regularly appeared prior to the manager’s arrival, and John Percy of The Telegraph has revealed that his loan from Benfica will likely be cut short.
#wba transfer news: Filip Krovinovic is set to have his loan deal cut short, will then sign for Hajduk Split on loan for remainder of the season. Also interest in Kipre, Grosicki & Harper. WBA still keen on Hamza Choudhury and assessing a number of strikers abroad for loan
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 15, 2021
Nottingham Forest, Olympiacos and PAOK were recently credited with an interest in Krovinovic (To10), but he would have to cut short his loan at West Brom to join another club in January. It now seems that could happen as Allardyce seems to have no place for the Croatian in his plans.
The midfielder joined Albion on loan in 2019 and featured in 40 of 46 Championship games as the Baggies won promotion to the Premier League last term. Slaven Bilic called Krovinovic “brilliant” for his contribution over the season and was desperate to bring him back to The Hawthorns last summer, but he has struggled with the step-up in opposition since re-joining on loan in September.
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The 25-year-old has failed to score or provide an assist in 12 appearances this season, so perhaps it’s not a surprise that Allardyce has had enough.
West Brom are the third-lowest scorers in the Premier League (11 goals in 17 games) and have the lowest amount of shots-per-game average with 8.2 (via WhoScored), so Krovinovic isn’t having much of an impact.
Admirers of the Croatian who may be unhappy to see him leave can duly point to Allardyce’s ditching of the player as a key factor in the increasing possibility of his Baggies loan spell ending prematurely.