Steve Bruce opted against extending Andy Carroll’s deal and Steve Madeley of The Athletic says the 33-year-old will play no part in West Brom’s last two games to preserve his fitness.

Albion have little other than pride to play for as they’re not chasing the playoffs or at risk of relegation, so Carroll’s early departure makes little difference to how their season will end.

Supporters aren’t pleased, however, as they felt Carroll did enough to earn a new contract. West Brom are 19th in the Championship for goals (47) and only have one player with more than seven goals to his name, so a striker who’s so dominant in the air and great at bringing others into play was useful.  

The former England international scored only three goals in 15 games for West Brom, but he was definitely a good asset and stayed fit for the duration – Carroll has had injury problems down the years which has negatively affected his form.

Bruce is moving on, however, and doesn’t want to build his team around Carroll as West Brom have pacey forwards who don’t have an aerial presence. He’s made the right decision given the squad at his disposal, but Carroll was a good signing for a brief period.

In other news, West Brom should consider Jed Wallace as Matt Phillips’ replacement