Noel Whelan has labelled West Brom midfielder Romaine Sawyers as the Baggies’ “unsung hero” this season after his performances in the middle of the park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and Championship expert says that the 28-year-old goes under the radar with his displays at the Hawthorns, highlighting his willingness to do the dirty work to allow others to shine in attack.
Sawyers arrived at West Brom from Championship rivals Brentford over the summer and has established himself as a mainstay at the club he left back in 2013.
Whelan says that the Saint Kitts and Nevis international is exactly what Slaven Bilic needed to bring balance to his side and has heralded the defensive enforcer for his under-the-radar displays this season.
Whelan told Football Insider: “West Brom needed that sort of player, there’s not many can do that sort of job and enjoy that job, doing the horrible side and not the flair side in the final third.
“Without that sort of player, that doesn’t allow the Phillips and Robson-Kanus to get forward into that area. He gives you that security, he mops things up, he’s calm and composed on the ball, he’s aggressive in the right manner and he can pass a ball.
“He’s just going very quietly, winning tackles, winning balls, keeping attacks going, you need players like that. He’s got the right mentality, doing a great job for the side, the unsung hero, doesn’t see too much of the dribbling and the fancy side.”
Sawyers has a total of 16 appearances under his belt for the Baggies, having failed to make a single first-team appearance when he was a youngster breaking through the youth ranks at the Hawthorns.
He has played every single minute of West Brom’s Championship campaign so far, scoring once and chipping in with another assist.