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“Could walk into a tough situation” – Millwall star’s stance amid latest West Brom transfer report: The verdict

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Adam Jones

This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Championship side West Bromwich Albion are increasingly confident of getting an agreement for Millwall winger Jed Wallace over the line, Football League World revealed yesterday afternoon.

The 28-year-old looks set to depart The Den on the expiration of his contract this summer with multiple sides thought to have been interested in the ex-Wolverhampton Wanderers man in the past.

Nottingham Forest and Turkish top-tier outfit Besiktas looked like the two frontrunners for his signature back in January, though the former were at a disadvantage because they were unable to seal a pre-contract agreement for his services.

However, the latter also missed out on the wide man and this has allowed others to join the race, with Albion having the 28-year-old on their radar.

Manager Steve Bruce is keen to make full use of the free agent market in the summer with the likes of Joe Rothwell, Darragh Lenihan and John Swift all linked with a move to The Hawthorns in recent weeks – and Wallace could potentially join them.

From Wallace’s point of view though, is this the best next step for his career considering the Baggies finished lower in the division than his current side during the 2021/22 campaign? We asked three of our writers at FLW to give their view.

Billy Mulley

I am not overly convinced that West Brom is the ideal destination for Jed Wallace, as he deserves to be playing Premier League football now, and he is likely to receive stronger interest from the top-flight as the window opens and progresses.

He has been instrumental to Millwall’s attacking prowess over the last few years, emerging as a talismanic figure at The Den.

Showing ability beyond this level for three seasons now, Wallace deserves to be playing Premier League imminently.

I am also not quite convinced yet that West Brom are over that slump that saw their season decline into mediocrity.

Wallace could walk into a tough situation at The Hawthorns, especially if the Baggies do not start fast.

Carla Devine

Wallace has been one of the most consistent players in the Championship over the past number of seasons with Millwall and proved his quality at this level.

Although there are arguments that Wallace may be able to break into the Premier League, a move to West Brom wouldn’t necessarily be a poor move for the player given the fact they intend to push towards the play-offs next season.

Furthermore, Wallace would surely be a key part of the starting line-up at the Hawthorns and could make himself a key player there. The worry if he moved to a Premier League side would be over how much game time he would get.

Therefore, this feels like a move where the player could excel and further prove his talents whilst the Baggies would also benefit greatly from what he adds to the side.

Simmey Hannifin-Donaldson

Jed Wallace is a star at this level and his performances in recent years have not left him short of options this summer.

It’s likely that the 28-year-old wants to be playing at the top of the second tier, at least, and given West Brom’s track record in the Championship, you would expect them to be in and around the top six.

Whilst Millwall were excellent this season, they still fell short of the play-offs, and it would take another monumental effort for them to repeat that finish again next season.

The only club Wallace should perhaps hold out for is Nottingham Forest who are also reportedly interested in his services.

Given they could be a Premier League club next campaign if they’re victorious in the play-off final, that may be a more appealing move to Wallace.


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