West Bromwich Albion hopes to be celebrating a return to the Premier League by the end of the Championship season.

Since Carlos Corberan joined the team in October 2022, the Baggies have been strong candidates for promotion back to the top division and could make an end to their three-year hiatus under the Spanish manager.

Given the clubs’ severe financial difficulties, the former Huddersfield Town coach has worked wonders while at the Hawthorns, and despite only bringing in players on free transfers and loan agreements, his team is punching well above their weight.

Corberan has improved much of the first team roster he inherited throughout his tenure, and the Black Country team has only brought in six new players this season.

West Brom – 2023/24 Signings
Player Name Signed From Loan/Permanent
Josh Maja Bordeaux Permanent
Jeremy Sarmiento Brighton Loan
Pipa Ludogorets Loan
Andi Weimann Bristol City Loan
Callum Marshall West Ham Loan
Mikey Johnston Celtic Loan

Now that the American billionaire Shilen Patel has taken ownership at West Brom, the Albion supporters may look forward to a far more lucrative future under his leadership. Football League World ranks the teams’ ideal summer transfer window, as their recruiting is not as restricted.

IN: Mikey Johnston

mikey johnston vs coventry

During the summer transfer window, Albion’s top priority will be to permanently acquire Celtic’s winger Johnston.

The Republic of Ireland international joined The Hawthorns on loan during the January transfer window and has already had a significant impact on the team, scoring six goals in his first seven appearances.

With his devastating eye for goal and quick bursts of pace, the 24-year-old Glaswegian has established himself as a livewire on the left flank for the Baggies. He looks to have found his footing and is playing some of his best football while wearing a blue and white shirt.

IN: Han-Noah Massengo

Massengo

Despite being a highly-regarded teenage midfielder, Massengo has only made a few Premier League appearances since joining Burnley from Bristol City in the summer.

Before moving to Turf Moor, the 22-year-old joined the Robins at the age of 18, having previously played for AS Monaco. He made 99 appearances at Ashton Gate.

Massengo might be a good choice for Albion given Vincent Kompany’s restricted playing time. The Baggies have a number of midfield players nearing the end of their contracts, including Alex Mowatt, Nathaniel Chalobah, and Yann M’Vila, who are expected to leave The Hawthorns if better terms cannot be reached.

A move to B71 could be the best option for all sides to help Massengo get his career back on track. His useful experience in the division from a young age and his subsequent move to a Premier League team prove that he has the quality to thrive at the highest level.

IN: Divin Mubama

Divin Mubama

Mubama might be the answer to West Brom’s prayers as they search for a player who can consistently reach the back of the net, just like they do during every transfer window.

With the likelihood that January acquisition Callum Marshall will rejoin West Ham and a vacancy created by American international Daryl Dike’s injury that will keep him out of action until the end of 2024, the Baggies will be searching for a front-man in the summer.

With 13 goals from 20 youth games, Mubama demonstrated his value in West Ham’s Premier League 2 team during the 2022–2023 season. However, to carry that kind of play into the professional ranks, Mubama needs consistent playing time.

Due to Corberan’s reputation for developing players, Mubama may receive the early-career push he needs from him, and Albion may benefit from the move next season, regardless of the division they play in.

OUT: Nathaniel Chalobah

Nathaniel Chalobah

Moving on from central midfielder Chalobah, who joined the team on the final day of the January transfer window in 2023, is one departure that the Baggies are set to gain from.

After he arrived, Chalobah and the Albion supporters have not been on good terms. The midfield player had to issue an apology on social media following a fight with a supporter. It is unclear if Chalobah will stay at the Hawthorns for the near future.

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The former Chelsea player was on the verge of agreeing to a permanent move to Israel’s Maccabi Haifa during the summer transfer window, but Chalobah’s worries about his safety in the nation caused the deal to fall through.

Given how disappointing his time at West Brom was overall, it makes sense for the team and the player to part ways so the Baggies can spend the money they save on more important new signings.

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