West Bromwich Albion journalist and podcaster Adrian Goldberg has been sharing his thoughts on Baggies midfielder Romaine Sawyers and his current situation at the Midlands club.
This comes after Goldberg co-hosted a recent episode of West Brom-themed podcast The Liquidator, where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Valerien Ismael’s side.
On the subject of Sawyers, his current situation at the club and what the future could look like for him, Goldberg had this to say.
He said: “If you think of what Romaine Sawyers can do, and how he likes to play, Valerien Ismael’s style of football is 100% the opposite of Romaine Sawyers.
“Sawyers worked, for me, brilliantly for the first half-season under [Slaven] Bilic, and before the lockdown, he was a really important cog in that team and Bilic understood what he could offer, but different managers have different ideas.
“There is no way Sawyers is going to be playing other than in dire emergencies under Val.”
In 2019, the Baggies signed Sawyers back on a permanent deal for a fee of £2.88 million (figures as per Transfermarkt).
Overall, the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £1.8 million, has made a total of 64 appearances for West Brom across all competitions, in which he has managed to score one goal and provide one assist in the process.
TIF Thoughts on Adrian Goldberg’s comments on Sawyers…
Taking into account how Sawyers ended the 2020/21 Premier League season as West Brom’s lowest-rated player according to WhoScored with an overall performance rating of 6.12/10, it’s safe to say he hasn’t had the best time at the club in recent months.
Do you think Sawyers has a future at West Brom?
Given how Sawyers hasn’t featured in any of West Brom’s two Championship games so far this season, this backs up Goldberg’s claim that the midfielder is not going to be a regular player for the Baggies under Ismael this season.
Moving forward, we feel that if Sawyers isn’t likely to be playing regularly at The Hawthorns this season, then perhaps it would be best for him to move to a club that would play him on a regular basis for the benefit of his career, although he may have to go to a lower-quality club given how poor he was last season.