This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from FLW editors regarding breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more …
West Brom has already started to move forward on the transfer front since Valérien Ismael joined the Hawthorns but they still have work to do in the transfer window.
The Baggies have secured three players so far this summer with all Alex Mowatt, Matt Clarke and Quevin Castro arriving at the Hawthorns. These seem like good additions to the squad, but there are still one or two areas they will need to tackle.
Football League World believe the Baggies are looking for the loan signing of talented Manchester City midfielder Tommy Doyle. West Brom, Sheffield United and Fulham are all believed to love the 19-year-old after their return to the championship.
It is also believed that there will be additional competition from a host of other Championship teams including QPR, Cardiff City and Middlesbrough.
So with West Brom in the race for Doyle’s signing, we asked our editors at FLW if they thought this would be the right addition for the Baggies to make and if it would start for them …
I could see it was a useful signing for West Brom in all honesty.
We’ve already seen the Baggies lose a number of midfielders this summer, either to permanent moves elsewhere or to the end of their loan deals to the Hawthorns.
As a result, it looks like Doyle could be a decent option for Valerien Ismael, given the potential he has shown at City, which suggests he would be a useful candidate to help fill that void in the middle of the park.
Indeed, with so many players leaving for this position, and the fact that City will no doubt expect him to play regularly in order to help their development if they have to go on loan, you imagine it would be. a surprise if Doyle had to move. at The Hawthorns, only to go on to not be a regular holder for the club.
That means there may be a bit of a risk if he doesn’t adapt to this level, but given his pedigree, I think this is a chance for the Baggies.
It would be smart business for West Brom.
Doyle is highly rated by Manchester City and even on brief outings he has had for the senior side in the past he has shown why. Technically he’s great with the ball and Albion lacks that quality passer in the middle of the park.
On top of that, having played for Pep Guardiola and trained with him on a daily basis for a few years, Doyle will also be aware of the importance of squeezing and recovering the ball quickly – qualities that Ismael demands.
So that would be a real blow to any Championship club and he’s the kind of player Albion lacks in the middle of the park, and he could potentially form a brilliant partnership with Mowatt if given the chance. .
Albion has done a great deal in the window so far securing Matt Clarke and bringing in Mowatt, and Doyle’s arrival would continue that positive start.
It all depends on Chalobah’s agreement as to whether he would start.
With new signing Alex Mowatt and captain already likely to be in fierce competition with any newcomer for a starting spot, it would be difficult to see Doyle start if Trevoh Chalobah joins and is primarily used as a midfielder, although Chelsea man could also operate in central defense.
From his comments on Valérien Ismael last night, Livermore appears to be enjoying his football again under the guidance of his new manager and if he can match his morale with decent performances in the preseason he is almost assured of a place as captain.
It would also be strange to see Mowatt on the bench after being such a key player for the West Brom manager at Barnsley last season, so unless there was an injury to one of the two he is Doyle is unlikely to be in the starting lineup for their championship. first game against Bournemouth next month.
He might be more involved after that if he impresses in training, but it would be a difficult task for the 19-year-old who has little professional football under his belt.
The arrival of Chalobah could make this task impossible. But this signing could be good for providing strength at depth, as long as no other central midfielder steps in and blocks his path.
If that becomes the case, they should pass this one on.