Date: 14th June 2018 at 10:18am
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Having lost Jonny Evans for a paltry £3.5million owing to his release clause when far more was on offer last January, West Brom have to also consider Salomon Rondon’s future with his own release clause capable of being enacted at any time. Many don’t see Nacer Chadli returning either on top of those we have already announced we will release next month.

West Brom To Cash In On Duo Before Strengthening For The Championship Campaign Ahead

Yesterday’s news of a potential double swoop from Burnley for Jay Rodriguez and Craig Dawson certainly got tongues wagging though – although it must be said later in the day the E&S were suggesting that the reported £25million offer would be rejected as we battled to keep both players.

With Rodriguez’s future largely dependent on Rondon’s own, and given Dawson’s experience making him an asset in the heart of the defence, £25million sounds a lot until you factor in the cost of replacing them.

So West Brom’s standpoint makes sense, we have players we can’t control the futures of, so we might as well play hardball on those we do – worst case we better mitigate the loss by maximising the sale fee that can be reinvested.

Supporting that standpoint as fans reacted to the news, they were also keenly aware we have to weigh up every eventuality and plan everything to leave us as best placed as possible to try and win promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

It’s not just bragging rights in the modern game, it’s key to finances. With that said hopefully the summer doesn’t become all about the battle to keep Rodriguez and Dawson though.