West Bromwich Albion are 12th in the Championship for points, 18th in the league for goals, 9th for average possession per game, 19th for tackles and 15th for interceptions, so they could benefit from a ball-player who can turnover possession in the middle of the park.
It would ensure they keep more of the ball in games and would help put pressure on the opposition, but it’s too bad they offloaded the ideal player for this role – Sam Field. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Queens Park Rangers during the tail end of last season and turned the move permanent last summer.
Field fell down the pecking order at West Brom and was deemed surplus to requirements, but he would be the Baggies’ best-performing midfielder if kept. The uncapped Englishman boasts a tackle every 30.9 minutes in the Championship, beating West Brom’s best ball-winner Jake Livermore (44.5).
Field boasts an interception every 43.2 minutes, beating Matthew Clarke (44.7). He’s created 10 chances, had 10/15 successful dribbles, won 48/75 aerial duels and completed 77.3% of his passes, so West Brom must surely be regretting letting him go.
Steve Bruce is lacking depth in the engine room and is considering bringing Romaine Sawyers back next season, so was Field worth keeping?