West Bromwich Albion aren’t short of wide-players with Callum Robinson, Adam Reach, Grady Diangana and Matt Phillips at their disposal, but Steve Bruce is on the market for a winger because Reach, Diangana and Phillips only have seven goals between them this campaign.
The trio netted less goals together than Robinson managed on his own, which is why West Brom were 17th in the Championship for goals (52) despite being third for shots (14.1 per game). Bruce is pushing for promotion next season, so he can’t afford any passengers.
It’s why West Brom are showing an interest in Tom Lawrence, but he will have stiff competition for a starting place given how many left-sided players are on the books at the Hawthorns. But with 11 goals and five assists from 38 league games this season, Lawrence could walk into the starting eleven.
The 28-year-old and Robinson could start on opposing flanks while Karlan Grant supporters Daryl Dike up front. Lawrence could also partner Dike while Grant starts on the left-wing. Bruce wants a more convention shape to the side next season and favours a four-man backline, so that should mean the end to wing-backs. West Brom’s interest in Lawrence is proof of that.