With West Bromwich Albion finishing 17th in the Championship for goals (52) despite being third in the table for shots (14.1 per game), Steve Bruce needed to bring in more prolific forwards to finish the chances others were spurning and wanted creative players that put it on a plate for their teammates.

It’s why John Swift (38 league games, 11 goals, 13 assists) was signed from Reading and Jed Wallace (37 league games, 6 goals, 12 assists) was signed from Millwall, and is why they’re trying to sign Tom Lawrence (38 league games, 11 goals, 5 assists) from Derby County.

Football League transfer expert Alan Nixon confirmed that West Brom were closing on a deal for Lawrence, so Steve Bruce will have an abundance of prolific forwards ahead of next season’s promotion push. He wrote on Patreon: “Steve Bruce is homing in on signing Tom Lawrence – the third major free transfer capture for West Brom.

“The Welsh attacking midfielder is quitting Derby County and is keen to join. Albion have already signed John Swift and Jed Wallace by offering the best terms on the market for them. Lawrence has rival interest but Baggies should be able to finalise the move in the next couple of days.”

The 28-year-old will be a great signing for West Brom, but not everyone will be thrilled to see him. Callum Robinson and Adam Reach operate on the left flank, which is Lawrence’s best position, so their futures may be uncertain when the Derby County man comes to the Hawthorns.

Reach had a difficult debut season, scoring two goals with two assists from 34 league games34 league games while starting just 21 of 46 Championship outings, so he has a lot to prove. Robinson contributed much more with seven goals and nine assists from 43 league games, but West Brom are listening to offers for the 27-year-old if reports are to be believed.

So will Lawrence’s arrival be the final nail in the coffin?

In other news, Carlton Palmer says Steve Bruce ‘would listen to offers’ for Robinson