West Bromwich Albion are reportedly considering signing Aston Villa centre-back Lamare Bogarde this month and his arrival at The Hawthorns may enable Carlos Corberan to ditch Semi Ajayi.
The Athletic reported final month that the Baggies may look to herald the teenager in January because the supervisor appears to be like to bolster his defensive choices forward of a possible promotion push within the second half of the marketing campaign.
West Brom sit simply outdoors the Championship play-off locations after final weekend’s late defeat towards league leaders Burnley however seem to have an amazing probability of a top-six end if they’ll keep their very good kind since Corberan took over from Steve Bruce final October.
The supervisor has preferred a centre-back partnership of Erik Pieters and Dara O’Shea throughout his time with the Midlands membership, which is maybe partly right down to the harm problems with Kyle Bartley and Ajayi.
The latter has made simply two substitute appearances within the league since Corberan’s arrival and has struggled immensely on his uncommon begins this time period, averaging a subdued 6.42 ranking from WhoScored for his performances.
This ranks him as solely the 18th-best performer at The Hawthorns thus far in 2022/23 in line with WhoScored, so he could possibly be a chief candidate to depart within the January switch window, particularly if the supervisor can add one other defender to his ranks.
Bogarde could possibly be a perfect choice to succeed him, because the teenager would arrive with an excellent repute due to his performances in Villa’s youth ranks, with academy director Mark Harrison delighted in regards to the Dutchman’s “immense potential” upon his arrival on the membership from Feyenoord.
The 20-year-old, who may play as a defensive midfielder, made his senior debut for Villa within the 2020/21 season however hasn’t performed for them since, so a mortgage transfer could possibly be good for each events this month as he appears to be like unlikely to interrupt into Unai Emery’s first-team.
Given his repute and potential, he could possibly be a much better choice for Corberan than Ajayi within the second half of the season, when you think about the Nigerian’s lower than spectacular shows beneath Bruce within the early months of the marketing campaign.
Whereas that may be powerful on the previous Rotherham man after his injury issues within the autumn, the Baggies should do all that they’ll to safe a top-six end this season. Signing a flexible teenager reminiscent of Bogarde can solely be an excellent factor for Corberan, even when it means eliminating Ajayi.