Opinion – West Brom have surely missed a trick by signing this Manchester United sensation to replace the ageing Gareth Barry

West Bromwich Albion Opinion: Baggies have missed out on McTominay

According to a report emerging from The Sun, Scott McTominay had an option to join Championship promotion-hopefuls West Bromwich Albion on deadline day with a short term loan deal on the horizon. 

Despite being interested in making the temporary move away from Old Trafford, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to have been very keen on the youngster staying as he had already moved above Fred in the midfield pecking order. 

Scott McTominay

He has been an excellent servant for Manchester United and while there are questions that can be asked about his maturity levels, his showing on the pitch whenever his services were necessary have always been top class. 

He is a dominating box-to-box midfield player who likes to get on the ball and start plays using his keen eye for a threaded pass. He is also very good at anchoring the midfield and his short and long passing are his strong points as well. 

He can be a presence in the box due to his stature and he displays strength and intelligence whenever he’s on the ball as well. He has played 8 Premier League games for United this season and since Jose Mourinho’s departure, has played more games than Fred. 

But if West Brom’s interest in the player did have a positive end-result, they would’ve completed a deal that basically ensures them promotion and while all his attributes will be extremely useful to this Baggies side, there is one that stands out. 

Gareth Barry is nearly 38 now but is still one of the most important parts of the West Brom structure. Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez wouldn’t have enjoyed a season as good as this one if it wasn’t for Barry’s work in the midfield. 

He acts as the link between the midfield and the attack and is always available as an open pass irrespective of which part of the pitch the ball is in. This role would’ve been perfect for the young Scot had he completed the switch.

Scott McTominay (Right)

Still only 21, he has already featured 5 times for his country Scotland since making his debut in March 2018. He is a top quality player who, like many other Manchester United academy graduates in the past, is destined for a bright future.

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While he will obviously get better exposure by staying at United, a move to West Brom would’ve made him an immediate starter and there’s no better learning tool than first-team football. West Brom could’ve been getting top player in the Scot but unfortunately, Ole had other plans.

Written by Nikhil Vinod

As Le Professeur famously said, If you do not believe you can do it, then you have no chance at all.
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Sports Management graduate from Coventry University, UK.

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