#4 Branislav Ivanovic – £38,462 p/w (£2,000,000 per year)Embed from Getty Images
36-year-old Ivanovic was highly sought after by Slaven Bilic, who only had great things to say about the former Chelsea centre-back, but his performances for the Baggies have been a far-cry from what he was expected to bring to the side. And for two million pounds a year, it’s safe to say that the board could find some far better alternatives.
#3 Jake Livermore – £46,000 p/w (£2,392,000 per year)Embed from Getty Images
As captain of the club, Livermore was bound to be high on this list. He led the club to promotion last season but his antics against Aston Villa in December, which saw him get sent off, have prompted Allardyce to reconsider whether Livermore deserves the captain’s armband. This could be a ploy by Big Sam to quickly get Jake to fix the areas of his play that have made him a liability in the past, or he could simply mean what he says: there are better options in the squad for captaincy than Livermore.
#2 Kieran Gibbs – £55,000 p/w (£2,860,000 per year)Embed from Getty Images
Gibbs is one of the players who had his wages boosted by promotion, and at almost £60,000 a week you’d expect him to play a much more important role than he currently does. After his sending off against Everton early on in the season, Bilic had him sidelined whilst Conor Townsend stepped in to take his place. Townsend’s performances kept Gibbs out of the squad for quite some time, but a recent injury has allowed the ex-Arsenal man a route back into the starting eleven. It’s now time to show he’s worth his salary.
#1 Charlie Austin – £70,000 p/w (£3,640,000 per year)Embed from Getty Images
There was an outcry last season when it was revealed that Charlie Austin topped the list for Albion’s highest earners with £50,000 per week, and now we can confirm that, once again, Austin is at the top — this time with £20,000 more per week! For a player who physically can’t last a full 90 minutes, his almost four million pounds a year salary is frankly an outrage.