TalkSPORT insider Alex Crook has suggested there are two names that are high on the wish list of West Brom boss Sam Allardyce heading into January, with Mamadou Sakho being a player who has a high chance of joining the Baggies.
With West Brom receiving something of a humbling in recent weeks in terms of results, the time has come for Allardyce to start bringing in players that will give his side a much better chance of staying in the division, because the table isn’t looking too friendly at this moment in time.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Game Day Football Podcast (27:16), Crook claims that the two men who are the priority for the Baggies boss at the moment are Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho and Everton forward Cenk Tosun:
“Tosun is a player who has been coming on late in games for Everton and we know they’re not particularly well-stocked there in terms of backup to Calvert Lewin, so he might be a more difficult one to get over the line. But I think Sahko to West Brom has a very good chance of happening between now and the end of the window.”
Will West Brom stay up?
With West Brom currently last in the league when it comes to goals conceded and third last when it comes to goals scored, it’s obvious that both ends of the pitch need sorting out this window, but given his record of prioritising the defence first, it looks obvious where the first move of the market is likely to be made.
But perhaps the bigger priority for Allardyce and West Brom will be getting them through the door as quickly as possible. Currently six points away from safety, they don’t really have the time to be waiting for deals to be made. So if someone like Tosun is on their mind, it’s no good waiting for Everton to sign a replacement first. Either get him in or move on to someone you can get in quicker.
That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Sahko, but in other areas of the pitch, it very well could be.