In a Grzegorz Krychowiak transfer latest the Pole is reported to be joining West Brom on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. Krychowiak only joined PSG last summer for a fee of £28mil after hugely impressing in Spain and Europe with Sevilla. However he has struggled to make much of an impact in France.
Nationality: 45 caps 2 goals
Position: defensive midfielder, can also play centre midfield or centre back
Transfer Fee: Loan
2016/17 League Stats: 7 starts (4 sub appearances) 0 goals (0 assists)
Verdict: This might be the most surprising transfer of the window for me. Renato Sanches joining Swansea comes close but there was a logic to be found with that deal, given some of the connections. With Krychowiak and West Brom however, it’s hard to see where the connection is. Nonetheless it’s an impressive signing, especially if reports are to be believed that Juventus and Chelsea were interested. The ambition shown and the success to tie it up shows again, West Brom is a club on the up and their appeal to prospective players is rising.
I’m slightly surprised Krychowiak has struggled to make an impact in Paris too. At Sevilla he was highly impressive and looked like one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe for a season or two, helping the club to consecutive Europa League titles. Competition for places at PSG was stiff though. Last season he had to contend with the impressive youngsters Verratti and Rabiot plus the experienced stalwarts of Motta and Matiudi.
Despite that I’m also slightly surprised that PSG have considered him dispensable this season given Matiudi has now left for Juventus whilst Motta is another year older at 35. Granted their squad is filled with talent but those are the only recognised central midfielders unless the likes of Di Maria or Pastore are adapted to deeper roles. I do wonder if FFP is a consideration and they’ve had to sacrifice some squad balance in order to accommodate both Neymar and Mbappe.
Or maybe it’s just as simple as Emery, not being impressed or just not fancying him? That would seem strange given their successful partnership at Sevilla but the demands at a club like PSG, with the amount of financial investment made, is much greater than at most clubs.
West Brom have acquired a top midfielder who will surely slot straight in despite some impressive depth in this area of the pitch. Pulis moved quickly to bring in Gareth Barry who will replace some of the experience lost with Fletcher’s departure. Whilst Livermore is establishing himself not just at West Brom but also with England. Yacob is not a bad defensive midfield option either. Pulis has got himself some good options in an important position. I would still expect Krychowiak to be a comfortable starter when fit though. His quality and top level experience in Europe is unmatched in the West Brom squad. He also has a much more extensive international career.
Given West Brom’s style it should continue to help their defensively minded players to flourish with the support and numbers behind the ball they achieve. This should apply to Krychowiak who too should be able to expect plenty a well drilled team around him and a compact shape. His quality on the ball might also come to the fore more this season with his added quality. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him contribute in the final third more with a few goals and assists. Whilst he should also be able to benefit from West Brom’s set-piece prowest given his strength in the air.
I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the season the big boys aren’t sniffing around again and that an offer in the region of £30mil isn’t on the table which PSG will likely accept. Whilst it may not be Krychowiak’s last season in the Premiership, I think it’s fairly safe to say it will be his one and only season at West Brom, especially if he performs well. West Brom won’t mind too much though if he plays to his potential. If he does they will have a player on their hands this season and it will be viewed as another and possibly the most shrewd piece of business by Pulis.
— Grzegorz Krychowiak (@GrzegKrychowiak) August 30, 2017
Are you as surprised as I am that West Brom managed to secure this deal?