Alex Mowatt didn’t enjoy the best debut campaign at West Bromwich Albion and will be desperate to turn things around next season, but the 27-year-old might find playing time hard to come by if Steve Bruce changes formation.

The Baggies manager has previously spoken about his desire to play with a back four and he opted for a 4-4-2 in Albion’s last game of the season (4-0 win over Barnsley), so it’s possible he goes into 2022/23 with the same system.

Mowatt joined West Brom on a three-year deal from Barnsley last summer and went on to make 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals with two assists.

The 27-year-old scored just one goal since September 2021 and managed only one assist since August, so it’s hard to see Mowatt starting ahead of John Swift off the back of his 11 goals and 13 assists in 38 games. Albion fared well in his absence at the end of the season too, picking up three wins and a draw from the four league games he missed in April and May, so that’s food for thought.

If West Brom start the season in a 4-4-2, the central midfield is likely to be Swift and Jake Livermore with Callum Robinson and Jed Wallace on opposing flanks. Karlan Grant could lead the line with Daryl Dike, as Bruce wants an attacking lineup for their promotion push.

That might be bad news for Mowatt.

In other news, why aren’t West Brom signing Keinan Davis?