#5 Kyle Edwards (£20K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
The youngest of those whose contracts run out in the summer, we have 22 year old academy product Kyle Edwards. After a season loan with Exeter City in 2017, Edwards returned and has made 37 league appearances for us.
His Premier League appearances have been hard to come by, but the Dudley youngster has shown some good signs when given opportunities and could be crucial in the rebuilding project that may be needed if/when we go down this season.
#6 Kyle Bartley (£13K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
After his move to the Hawthorns in 2018, Kyle Bartley has made 75 starting appearances in Blue and White, partnering: Hegazi, Ajayi and O’Shea just to name a few.
Bartley has been a relatively consistent performer throughout, offering both defensive duties and an attacking threat in the air from corners. Most recently, his goal against Fulham helped us earn a point at Craven Cottage.
The numbers this season don’t look particularly pretty for any Baggies defender in truth, but Bartley has shown he can perform in both the Championship and Premier League. At 13k per week currently, wherever we end up next season, Kyle can do a job for us and has earned a renewal of his contract.
#7 Lee Peltier (£13K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
The signing of Cardiff full-back Lee Peltier as predominantly a reserve full-back didn’t grab many headlines. Aged 34 and after making 159 appearances for Cardiff City, Peltier joined the Baggies under no illusion that game time was going to be hard to come by.
His first Premier League start came in a shocking five-nil loss at home to Leeds in December, after Gibbs was injured in the warm-up. In fairness, he didn’t do a huge amount wrong and you had to feel for him. Despite this, he hasn’t been seen many times since…
#8 Conor Townsend (£11K-per-week)Embed from Getty Images
Finally, we have the third full-back on the list and the only one we’ve suggested keeping. With the lowest wages of all the players left out-of-contract in the summer, Townsend’s performances (largely in the Championship last season), we feel leave him worthy of a contract renewal.
He was a big part of our promotion campaign last season, as a consistent performer. He hasn’t had masses of opportunities as of yet to show what he can do at the highest level, but in the same way as Kyle Edwards, he deserves his chance.