Former Albion skipper Derek McInnes has told the Baggies they should aim to sign Glasgow Rangers and former team-mate Barry Ferguson – despite his troublesome reputation.
The former Scotland captain was relieved of his duties after an all-night drinking session whilst on international duty and has been heavily linked with a move south of the border to the Black Country.
The pair played alongside each other during McInnes’ days at Rangers when the budding youngster, Ferguson, first broke onto the Ibrox scene under Dick Advocaat. Now, as Ferguson looks set to depart Glasgow after his breach of discipline, McInnes believes his former midfield partner would be a great attribute for the Baggies in the Championship next season.
“Barry was a young guy when I was at Rangers and I played alongside him when he made his debut,” the St. Johnson manager said.
“It probably wasn’t until Dick Advocaat came to the club that he got an extended run in the side but you could tell he had great ability.
“I know it’s not been the best year for Barry but he would be a fantastic signing for Albion, not least because of how they play.
“He’d fit in perfectly with Tony Mowbray’s playing style. He’s a leader and a winner.”
As Albion look to trim their squad down, Ferguson’s versatility and adaptability across the midfield is another attribute which would assist the Baggies next term.
“The good thing about Barry is that he does different jobs from midfield,” McInnes continued.
“The main thing is he can influence games wherever he plays.
“He’ll score you goals, he can dictate play if that’s where you want to play him.
“But I think he’s best as a deeper player, where he can make things happen.
“He’s the kind of player who will demand responsibility on the ball and want it all the time. Albion fans would take to him.
“I think he’d do a good job for them if he signed.”