West Bromwich Albion are keen on Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong according to the Daily Record. The Scotland international has 12 months remaining on his current deal and Celtic risk losing him on a free transfer so it could spark a bidding war this summer.
With Brighton and Crystal Palace both interested West Brom may struggle if bids come in but if they could pull this deal off they would be bagging a player that is probably to good to be playing at Championship level. You hear fans talking about Scottish football a lot, how the standard isn’t good enough and players aren’t good enough.
Celtic certainly don’t fall into that category, other clubs have players here and there who can play at a high level as well, but Armstrong is one who could play at Premier League level. Beram Kayal, Virgil Van Dijk, Fraser Forster, Ki, Victor Wanyama, a few of the players from Celtic in recent years.
Armstrong is one of the most naturally talented players in Scottish football and West Brom signing him would be a huge statement from the newly relegated side. So far West Brom have held onto many of the players who were expected to leave but there will be takers for some of the midfielders and Armstrong could be a great fit.
He is a very creative midfielder and gets in the Scotland side ahead of James Morrison when both are fit so it tells you how much talent he has. He can get goals, you would be looking at ten plus maybe fifteen per season at Championship level and West Brom need to add goals to the squad.
Darren Moore is needing to add players as soon as possible with pre-season on the horizon. The rough and tumble of the Championship is unforgivable so players have to be ready on day one. Newly relegated clubs can get caught cold and west Brom making sure everyone is bedded in will be key next season.