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Sam Allardyce could be about to solve one of West Brom’s biggest problems in one fell swoop this January transfer window, according to emerging reports …
Which is the word?
the Express and Star They claim the 66-year-old is considering a loan from Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury after the Midlands team made him available.
Big Sam is believed to be a huge fan of the Fox ace and is desperately seeking the addition of a new defensive midfielder this month.
Premier League rivals Southampton and Newcastle United have also been offered the 23-year-old.
Should West Brom sign Hamza Choudhury this month?
Shadows of Mulumbu
This is a move the Baggies absolutely have to make.
Allardyce does not currently have a player capable of filling the role of midfield with Sam Field still absent due to injury, although not that he has much experience under his belt either.
Neither does Choudhury, but Brendan Rodgers has relied on him to start Europa League matches this term, a luxury far beyond Albion’s relegation dogfight.
In those six appearances, the Asian British powerhouse has averaged 1.3 interceptions, one tackle and a passing success rate of 85.1%, via Who scored. While it’s not a lot to shoot for, it’s quite encouraging.
The Foxes Academy graduate has received praise from Gary Lineker, who nicknamed Choudhury, an “extremely talented young player” after his first senior goal last year.
While Steve Walsh, former Leicester defender Steve Walsh tipped the presenter for future England recognition in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, said:
“If he can [get into the England side]. Hamza has been through the academy and it’s great to see the homegrown players. He is a tenacious player, reads the game well and is a promising star for Leicester. He’s threatening to start every game right now, so again he’s a good fit for Brendan Rodgers. “
The Baggies have long lacked that bully in the middle, perhaps since the 2012/13 season when Youssouf Mulumbu played a pivotal role alongside Claudio Yacob when Steve Clarke’s team finished eighth in the Premier League.
The following season, the Democratic Republic of the Congo international averaged a whopping 3.1 interceptions and 2.4 tackles per game, through Who scored.
Choudhury has many similarities to the ancient monster of Albion. He initially joined the club on loan before making the permanent move, and Big Sam will hope the same can happen here considering the lack of options.
the £ 7.2m-Valued beast could be a bargain this January.
And in other news, Exclusive: Big Sam was urged to sign as a 29-year-old free agent this January …