Romaine Sawyers left West Bromwich Albion to join Stoke City on a season-long loan last summer after falling out of favour at the Hawthorns. But rather than be bitter about the fallout, he spoke honestly to Integral Sports Management about how things ended.
The 30-year-old struggled for form and playing time as West Brom were relegated from the Premier League in 2020/21 and looked to have played his final game for the Baggies when Stoke swooped in to sign him on loan, but fans on social media wouldn’t mind him back.
Rob Butcher: “I think he would fit well in our current system.”
Mark Abel: “Seems a decent honest guy. I think there’s a couple years left for him at Championship level. Wish him all the best.”
Stan Harrison: “I would welcome him back.”
Sean Clarke: “Honest assessment by Sawyers. I liked him as a player and wouldn’t blame him for wanting to leave.”
Ian Hocking: “Should be back playing for us!”
Jason Holyhead: “Far better than the rubbish in midfield at the moment.”
James Parker: “I liked him.”
Mark Foley: “Now we have two midfielders who can’t pass and he’s at Stoke.”
Sawyers has made 19 appearances for Stoke this season, scoring two goals with three assists. The St Kitts/Nevis international admitted he wasn’t the right fit under Sam Allardyce last season and knew things weren’t going to work out, but he would improve the current midfield.
West Brom have Alex Mowatt, Jake Livermore and Jayson Mulumby, so they’re short of players in the engine room. Albion are also 7th in the Championship for possession (52.8%) and 22nd for pass completion (67.6%), so they miss a player like Sawyers.
The 30-year-old flourished in the Championship previously and retains high levels of possession, so he’d stop the Baggies being so wasteful. He’s out of contract when his loan is up this summer and it doesn’t appear West Brom will put a new deal on the table, so he might not be returning despite fans’ wishes.