Now that the season is over and the relegation battle is done and dusted, we at LFCTR took a look at the 1 player that we would sign from each of the three relegated teams. Not every team had someone that we wanted to sign, and some were more difficult than others, but we dug our feet in and each picked one player. Today, we take a look at who we would sign from West Brom.
This is a player who just last season had more goals and the same amount of assists with less minutes played than the then world’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba. Chadli suffered major setbacks this year with a back and hip injury, but that shouldn’t undermine the season in which he averaged 80% passing and 1 key pass a game in 27 games.
Acquiring Chadli gives Liverpool a player to help cover ground till Oxlade-Chamberlain returns to the pitch come November while allowing the main cast of players a break during midweek games or cup games. Chadli also is not a bad option coming from the bench when one of our CMs is running tirelessly for 82 minutes. Oh, I almost forgot, he’s available for our 17 million pounds too.
Rondón is a player that I have admired for a couple of years now. I was very surprised when he was announced at West Brom given that their style of play hardly compliments his ability or strengths. The Venezuelan international has only managed to amass 24 goals in over 100 appearances for the Baggies.
He has a killer through ball which I feel would suit him to playing in an attacking set-up as Liverpool do, whereas with West Brom he was quite isolated. He would be a great attacking option to have given the lack of goals the bench has provided the last couple of seasons.
He’d likely come on the cheap and with the rising transfer fees paying around 20 million for an albeit relegated international striker wouldn’t be a bad deal for what we’d get in return from the journeyman.
While Salomon Rondon’s goal return isn’t much to write home about, I do feel that he would be a pretty good fit into Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, if only as a deputy to Roberto Firmino.
Rondon is a footballer who suits a high pressing game, and one of his main assets is his persistence to press a defensive line into mistakes. Liverpool bore witness to this in last month’s disappointing 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns, when the Venezuelan was a thorn in the Reds’ side, especially in the second half.
Salomon Rondon has scored 24 goals in 108 Premier League appearances for West Brom, a goal every four-and-a-half matches.
— Nathan Carr (@njcarr_) May 24, 2018
When considering Rondon’s average goal return this season (10 in 40 games) you must remember the quality of the teammates he played with. West Brom spent the majority of the season propping the Premier League table, and the service he received throughout the campaign was way short of stellar.
Playing as a deputy to Roberto Firmino, and alongside players of the calibre of Mo Salah and Sadio Mané I am fairly convinced Rondon would have a much better goal return if he were playing with the Liver Bird on his chest.
When looking down the long list of bang average players, one name stuck out for me, and that is Salomon Rondon. Instead of bringing on Danny Ings, imagine if Klopp could bring on a true difference maker like Rondon. Someone who excels against low-block teams and loves a good late goal.
If Rondon were brought in, nobody would expect him to start games or even play in most. However, he would offer a wonderful alternative in style of play to that of Roberto Firmino and big Dom Solanke. Too many times we’ve been left looking for a different option off the bench and have yet to find one. Built in the mold of a Premier League striker of old, Jurgen Klopp could work wonders with Rondon’s pressing tendencies and big frame.
10 goals and 3 assists in a very poor West Brom team is something that I would welcome into the squad. Looking at those stats may leave you wanting for more, but once you look at the style of play that was forced upon him and the teammates that surrounded him on the pitch, you start to realize that those numbers are very impressive. With a religation price tag, this is an offer that we should not pass up.
Imagine having a striker with the calibre of Daniel Sturridge in you relegated Premier League roster?
I’m kidding, but only a little.
Holding midfielder is the one position that Liverpool really need to strengthen, and the former-PSG Krychowiak could be the answer to the depth problem in that position. He is able to play at a high level with experience at the top of Ligue 1 and with Sevilla in the Europa League / La Liga. Obviously he wouldn’t be in my top few transfer targets for the summer but if we lived in this hypothetical world, he’s the lesser of, in this case, three evils.
A shout could be made for Salomon Rondon but we’ve got Dom Solanke, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Rhian Brewster, among whoever comes in during the summer so the Ecuadorian can go without.
Ranking as the highest performer according to Squawka’s West Brom ratings, Ahmed Hegazi is my choice from this season’s bottom-of-the-table team.
One of the biggest fan complaints about Liverpool’s defence over the years is that we’ve lost that bit of rough and tumble. Martin Skrtel was one of the best for aggressive tackling and composure and Hegazi reminds me of him. His FIFA score ranks at 84 for strength and 83 for aggression; a good asset to Virgil van Dijk, perhaps?
Hegazi only made one defensive error for West Brom this season, despite their plethora of conceded goals. The Egyptian seems to have adapted to the Premier League comfortably after his initial move in July 2017. The defender also has two goals to his name this season.
Overall he has tallied 55 interceptions and 251 clearances over 35 games. Leicester’s Harry Maguire managed just 42 interceptions and 159 clearances in 34 appearances. Hegazi has a lot more defensive backbone than he has been given credit for and could definitely give more at a bigger club.
Despite an admirable attempt to pull off a great escape with a great run of form that saw them defeat Manchester United and Tottenham, West Brom finished dead last. Following in a similar vein to Stoke, the player I’d sign from West Brom is Oliver Burke, another promising young winger who has perhaps not lived up to his potential quite yet.
Following a season at RB Leipzig in which he made 25 appearances but only played 617 minutes (per transfermrket.com) he signed for West Brom for £15m where he failed to secure a starting berth. Burke has an eye for a pace with bags of pace, and at 6 foot 2 inches he could cut an imposing figure running at defenders. The presence of Andy Robertson could encourage growth for Burke and provide an interesting link-up down the left wing.