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.
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.
Highly doubt Rondon is West Ham or Newcastle's first choice, but thanks to the release clause, both clubs (and others) know they can push the button anytime
— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) June 13, 2018
More complicated than that tho as we have key assets sitting on release clauses…..what if we sell JR and then Rondon Chadli walkout the door the following day or on the day the window closes and leaves us in the hands of HRK
— Michael whitehouse (@Michaelwh24) June 13, 2018
I think we have to plan now on worst case scenario and have our ducks ???? in a line ready for when the inevitable happens
— Stuart Hunt (@huntywbafc) June 13, 2018
Burnley are now a bigger attraction then us ,what a shambles we are
— David woodward (@DavidWoodydr) June 13, 2018
Thing is mate, championship sides are gaining more power in the market. a few teams last year slapped 30 mill on players heads and wouldnt budge. You have to pay in this market, both 20 mill players, anyless than 40 for the 2 would be robbery and albion rarely budge on valuations
— James Moore (@hansworth254) June 13, 2018
I personally value Dawson as highly, if not higher, than Rodriguez despite strikers clearly being more expensive. I wouldn’t entertain anything under £35-40m for the pair
— Matt (@mattlucas82) June 13, 2018
For me, the good thing this proves is that neither have a release clause and are not OOC, so #wba don’t have to do diddly squat!
— Jason Morgan (@Jasemor) June 13, 2018
Set to reject !!! Should have been rejected without a second thought !!!
— Cyril Kirby (@62baggies) June 13, 2018