West Bromwich Albion manager Carlos Corberán said that the club are still seeking a free agent midfielder to provide suitable depth for the remainder of the season.
The Baggies were on track to secure the signing of Aston Villa’s midfielder Calum Chambers on transfer deadline day. However, the deal fell through in the late stages of February 1 after the player refused to leave Villa Park for the Hawthorns, as reported by Football Insider.
Chambers was a key target for West Brom as Corberán sought a suitable long-term replacement for key midfielder Jayson Molumby, who was ruled out for the remainder of the season earlier this week.
Even though the Midlands side missed out on a crucial signing late on deadline day, and with the January deadline passed, the club can still sign a free agent.
This is a market that Corberán is looking to utilise to strengthen his midfield options in Molumby’s absence. Speaking ahead of West Brom’s upcoming Championship clash with Birmingham City, the Spanish coach told the Express and Star that the club needed reinforcements in midfield following Molumby’s injury.
“We know he is not going to play during the rest of the season and we are still aware of this need and making an evaluation of the free agent players to improve this position too.”
In addition, Corberán emphasised the shortness of depth in the central midfield area. The Baggies boss highlighted that he may need to draft Adam Reach, usually a wide midfielder, into the central position as a temporary solution.
“After his injury we have three specific midfielders: (Nathaniel) Chalobah, (Alex) Mowatt and Okay (Yokuslu). We have the option to play with (Adam) Reach too, something I can consider but unfortunately he is progressing well but he is injured at the same time.”
The frustration of missing out on Chambers could impact West Brom’s strength in depth. Another long-term injury to any of Corberán’s viable central midfielders could damage the Baggies first-team spine, which has played a part in forming the Championship’s third-best defence this season, with just 27 goals conceded.
Corberán seems upbeat for now that West Brom can find a free agent with enough quality to provide cover in the central areas. But, with six matches in a busy February, the Baggies boss will feel some pressure to bring a reinforcement sooner rather than later.