West Brom have been linked with signing Olivier Ntcham in each 2020 and 2021 however didn’t convey him to the Hawthorns, with the midfielder exhibiting the Baggies precisely what they have been lacking on Saturday afternoon.
Ntcham was first linked with the Baggies in September 2020 when he was at Celtic after which once more in January 2021, so he’s clearly a participant that they have been eager on bringing to the Midlands.
Ultimately, Ntcham was loaned to Marseille the place he would make simply six appearances, earlier than his launch from Celtic in the summertime of 2021.
You’ll have thought that then was the proper time for the Baggies to convey Ntcham in, however it was Swansea Metropolis who would win the race for the previous Manchester Metropolis man.
In his time with the Welsh aspect, he has contributed six objectives and 5 assists in 46 appearances, together with one purpose and one help in Saturday’s overcome West Brom.
Ought to West Brom have signed Ntcham?
Swansea boss Russell Martin was stuffed with reward for the 26-year-old final season, saying:
“At any time when he’s come on as a sub, video games like West Brom, Barnsley earlier on within the season, he’s been sensible.”
The Cameroon worldwide got here off the bench within the 66th minute and helped flip the sport on its head, first equalising with a robust end off the submit from outdoors of the field, earlier than organising Michael Obafemi for his late winner.
Solely Grady Diangana and Jed Wallace have registered extra purpose involvements (5) than Ntcham up to now this season so it’s clear what he would have added to the present Baggies midfield had he joined in both 2020 or 2021.
Whereas West Brom followers might need been dissatisfied to overlook out on him, he might have simply performed the Baggies a favour by having such an influence from the bench, as you’d suspect that one other dwelling loss will put Steve Bruce underneath critical strain as supervisor.
With the Baggies languishing in twenty first place within the Championship after the weekend, many might be hoping that Ntcham’s efficiency and Swansea’s win would be the last straw for Bruce as West Brom supervisor.
Certainly, he has already admitted that the warmth is on, and that was earlier than Ntcham haunted them on the weekend.