With our future in the Premier league looking extremely unlikely, we take a look at the players whose contracts run out in the summer. At WBA Report, we have our say as to who should stay and who should go.
This summer will be a very interesting time for us, with decisions there to be made on some big names.
An effective transitional period could be crucial and some huge decisions for the future of West Bromwich Albion will need to be made by the board. Take a look at our list below, with players ordered in terms of wages, from most to least expensive.
Wage statistics courtesy of Spotrac.
#1 Kieran Gibbs (£55K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
First up, we have the most expensive player (in terms of wages) on the list. The summer marks the end of Gibbs’ four-year contract, after signing from Arsenal for a fee of £6.75 million. He made his 100th appearance for West Brom in our draw with Fulham earlier this month.
As his stats would suggest, he has been a regular starter during his time with us, establishing himself initially during the Pulis reign as our first choice Left-Back. Despite this, due to a mixture of injury and selection, Gibbs has started just ten games so far this season. Aged 31 now, is it time for the Baggies to part ways with the former Gooner?
#2 Branislav Ivanovic (£40K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
Next, we have ex-Chelsea legend Branislav Ivanovic, who we signed in September on a one-year deal. The veteran Serb was brought in following our promotion to the Premier league, with the board clearly hoping to add some Premier League experience to the back four.
Ivanovic has made 11 League appearances this season so far, but unfortunately at 36, he’s looked off the pace and after his involvements in four and five nil losses against Arsenal and Leeds, he hasn’t played since.
A man who boasts a great career, but unfortunately, it hasn’t been the return to the Premier league that Ivanovic or the Baggies were hoping for.
#3 Hal Robson-Kanu (£30K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
As the longest serving player on the list, Hal Robson-Kanu has been a popular figure during his time with us, due to his hardworking nature. Hal has given us various memorable and important goals since his arrival in 2016, recently including a brace in an away win at Bristol City in February, a vital result in our promotion efforts.
However, with just nine appearances this season (all off the bench) and no goals, it seems Robson-Kanu’s time with the Baggies may be coming to an end. Added to that the new additions of Karlan Grant and Mbaye Diagne, you struggle to see where the Welshman fits into any plans going forward. It will be a sad day, but it may be time for him to move on.
#4 Kamil Grosicki (£25K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
Arriving as an exciting prospect last January, Kamil Grosicki promised so much. A pacey winger to add to the already threatening Baggies attack. But despite glimpses of promise, Grosicki has struggled to hold down a regular position, making just 6 starts during his time with us.
After recent interest from Nottingham Forest, Allardyce has said the Polish Winger was free to leave West Brom, but Forest couldn’t get the deal done. It seems as though it may be unlikely then, that either Kamil or West Brom will want to renew his contract come the summer.