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West Brom boss Sam Allardyce desperately needs more additions to the Hawthorns if he wants to have a chance to keep them this season.
Over the weekend, the misery on the Midlands squad was further compounded as they embarrassingly crashed out of the FA Cup with a loss to League One Blackpool on penalties.
It leaves them with the sole objective of surviving in the Premier League, something that every week seems more difficult to achieve.
Only two teams have scored fewer goals than the Baggies, one of which is Sheffield United, which is the only team to lose to Albion this season.
Clearly, the need for additional firepower is staring everyone squarely in the face.
However, the weekend was emphasized when Big Sam sent an XI without a recognized striker and by the end of the day, Charlie Austin was confirmed as a QPR player for the remainder of the season.
What should Big Sam’s number one priority be in this transfer window?
With Karlan Grant on the treatment table for at least six weeks, West Brom absolutely has to beef up its front line in this transfer window.
And while Albion was losing, one of his reported targets – Boulaye Dia – offered a goals masterclass to show Allardyce all that is currently missing at the club.
Stade de Reims demolished Saint-Etienne 3-1 with the 24-year-old talisman bagging a key, and for SofaScore, he also posted a high score of 8.0 and made 92% of his passing attempts.
the £ 10.8 million The Senegalese international has already scored 12 goals in 17 appearances (1,362 minutes), which is a goal every 80 minutes, far more than Albion’s summer signing Grant has achieved with just one time in 12 starts (867 minutes).
According to The Athletic Dia could charge around £ 12.5 million this month, which on the face of it might be a bargain considering Slaven Bilic paid a similar fee (£ 12 million) to Huddersfield for the forward’s failure.
Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, his international teammate, stayed amazed of his potential in October, he said: “I am really impressed with his qualities. He won’t be staying in Reims long, believe me. “
Only PSG superstar Kylian Mbappé can match his count of goals scored in Ligue 1 this season.
Dia would surely be a fantastic solution to Baggies’ Big Sam nightmare – Luke Dowling must convince Guochuan Lai to rack up the money. It could change the rules of the game.
And in other news, the £ 40k-p / w ‘big man’ could become the next WBA’s Zoltan Gera …