West Bromwich Albion parted company with Alan Pardew on Monday and are destined for the Championship with six games left. There will undoubtedly be a reshuffle in the summer and below are five players who could be leaving the Baggies once the season reaches its conclusion.
He’s one of West Brom’s most experienced defenders but Craig Dawson is out of contract at the end of the current season. Dawson joined West Brom in 2010 and signed a contract extension in 2016 but could leave the Hawthorns at the end of the summer.
At the age of 27, he may feel he has a few more years left in the top tier of English football. Burnley were interested in him last summer and could make another offer of £10m this summer.
Another player out of contract in the summer is Gareth McAuley. The long-serving defender has started just five league games this season compared to 36 last season. He has been phased out and it seems unlikely that West Brom will offer him a new contract.
Despite his age, he showed last season that he can still be a crucial part of the team so it may not be the smartest decision for West Brom to let him go so easily.
The most obvious player on the list, Jonny Evans is destined to remain in the Premier League when West Brom go down. The Northern Irishman will be available for just £3m due to a relegation release clause in his West Brom contract.
Arsenal and Manchester City were the main clubs interested in the defender last summer. For £3m, there will even more Premier League clubs desperate to sign such an experienced player for a bargain fee.
Ben Foster said last year that he wants to retire at West Brom but once the club is relegated, he might not feel the same way. He has been with the Baggies since 2012, is a firm fans’ favourite and is contracted to the club until the summer of 2019.
If Foster stays in the Premier League, it will most likely be as a reserve keeper but this might be a good option for the former England international as he nears the end of his career.
It might seem bizarre to suggest that Jay Rodriguez could be leaving West Brom having just signed for them in the summer of 2017. However, stranger things have happened. West Brom will be looking to offload players as they prepare for life in the Championship and Rodriguez falls into that category.
Rodriguez, a £12 million signing by former West Brom boss Tony Pulis, has only managed five goals in 31 Premier League games this season but he won’t be short of offers if he decides to leave or West Brom choose to sell him.
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