West Bromwich Albion are considering a move which would bring Adam Reach to The Hawthorns this summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to a report by the Express & Star, who claimed that Valerien Ismael is weighing up a move for the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, who is a free agent following his departure from Hillsborough upon the expiry of his contract with the Owls at the end of last season.
The report added that Blackburn Rovers are also keeping a close eye on the situation of the 28-year-old ahead of a potential move this summer, while it is claimed that the former England under-20 international is one of several targets being monitored by the Baggies.
Would Reach be a good signing for Albion?
Reach could transform West Brom
While Reach may not be the most headline-grabbing transfer Ismael could get over the line at West Brom this summer, the possible addition of the midfielder could easily be viewed as a key signing in the club’s transformation under the Frenchman’s leadership.
With the 45-year-old often deploying a 3-4-2-1 in his time at Barnsley, and with the 28-year-old being adept at playing left-back, left midfield and left-wing, Reach could well become an important player for Ismael as a result of his versatility, as well as his consistently impressive level of Championship performances.
Indeed, over his 44 appearances in the division for Darren Moore’s side last term, the £2.52m-rated man bagged five goals, provided three assists and created five big chances for his teammates, taking 1.3 shots and making 0.8 key passes per game.
The £23k-per-week midfielder also helped out for his team defensively, averaging 0.9 interceptions, one tackle and one clearance and winning 2.8 duels per match.
With West Brom currently only having Conor Townsend as a viable option for the left-back slot, it is evident that greater depth is required ahead of an arduous Championship season.
As such, Reach could well prove to be a very astute signing for Albion this season, and one who could help transform West Brom into a quintessential Valerien Ismael side.