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West Brom and Clint Dempsey, a match made in heaven?

Jul 14, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

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When considering where Clint Dempsey should move the primary consideration is to find a club where he is guaranteed to be a regular starter.

In the year leading up to 2014 World Cup, there is nothing more important than that.

Beyond the obvious fact that consistent playing time will ensure Dempsey is at his peak come next June, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made it abundantly clear that if a player is not seeing regular time at his club, this will affect his status on the national team.

Not that Dempsey’s status is in question, of course. But as the captain of the American squad, he owes it to himself, his manager, his teammates and the fans to follow suit and make sure he holds himself to the same standards as his peers.

In the past, we here at Pro Soccer Talk have looked at Deuce’s situation and hypothesized where he could end up. The future is wide open, to say the least. Sunderland, Fulham, Everton, and even a stay at White Hart Lane, could all fit the bill.

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Yet perhaps the club best suited for Dempsey is none other than West Bromwich Albion.

With last year’s loan sensation, Romelu Lukaku, being called back to parent club and out-of-favor striker Peter Odemwingie set for a transfer away from The Hawthorns, the Baggies are in the market for forwards.

Pesky Irish international Shane Long will be sure to factor in for Steve Clarke’s side, as will Nicholas Anelka, who the Baggies snapped up on a free transfer last week. But at 34 years of age, counting on Anelka for regular contributions is a bit hopeful.

Dempsey would work well for West Brom not just due to their shortage up front but because he could also excel in the supporting striker role within West Brom’s 4-4-1-1. While the role is typically occupied by James Morrison, the Scottish international is equally effective on the right wing where he could displace fellow countryman Graham Dorrans.

With Long or Anelka leading the line, Chris Brunt on the left wing and Morrison on the right, Dempsey could return to the form we saw him at Fulham in 2011-12.

  1. wocoliz - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    As an American Baggies fan, I’d love to see it happen! But I doubt Jeremy Peace will loose the pursestrings.

  2. bellerophon30 - Jul 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Worth noting that Clint’s agent has refuted the transfer list report. I’d feel a bit bad for him if this happens, after only a year at Spurs, because if he winds up at WB, what’s the point of having left Fulham?

  3. elviskerouac - Jul 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    This is a preposterous idea. Dempsey is getting consistent playing time at Spurs and playing well there. Under what circumstance would he benefit by playing with a group of less talented players who have no chance to compete against better teams. And, at Spurs he has the opportunity to play in Europa league competition. Playing with and against the best will always serve him better.

  4. overtherepermanently - Jul 15, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Would love to see him in Birmingham…with Villa!!!

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