Predicted XI: How WBA could look if Bruno Labbadia is appointed manager – opinion

Last week Sky Sports claimed that West Brom were going to approach Bruno Labbadia over their vacant managerial position.

The German saved Wolfsburg from relegation last season before guiding them to an impressive sixth place in the Bundesliga this term.

However, with his contract set to expire, he will leave his post imminently. West Brom are looking to capitalise on that and Technical Director Luke Dowling is now set to meet with the 53-year-old, per Express & Star.

So with Labbadia potentially walking through the doors at the Hawthorns, how could Albion look next season?

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At Wolfsburg this term Labbadia favoured a very attacking 4-3-3 which is something Baggies supporters can expect to see more of in 2019/20 should he join.

On the final day of the German season, his side beat Augsburg 8-1 so that gives a flavour of just how effective it can be.

The former Hamburg boss had his team playing an expansive and open game which should excite those attending the Hawthorns as West Brom aim to get promoted.

It’s set to be a busy summer for Albion with Dowling confirming that as many as five players could walk through the exit door. That’s alongside those whose contracts will expire.

It’s not yet known who may leave but the most recognisable change from Jimmy Shan’s tenure is the lack of a back three, meaning that Ahmed Hegazi and Craig Dawson could form the pairing in defence. That’s despite the latter attracting the interest of Burnley.

The options out wide could be particularly exciting and Labbadia may be the manager to finally get the best out of Oliver Burke. He’s been poor on loan at Celtic but now seems as good a time as any to utilise him again in England.

Academy products Sam Field and Kyle Edwards could be the beneficiaries of players departing over the summer and both start in our predicted XI.

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