Date: 24th February 2021 at 10:15am
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West Bromwich Albion journalist Joe Masi has made a claim on Baggies striker Karlan Grant. 

This comes after Masi recently made an appearance on the Express & Star’ West Brom-themed podcast Baggies Broadcast where he spoke about a number of topics concerning the Midlands club.

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Nice easy one to start off with, who currently sits top of the table?

On the subject of Grant and his transfer to the Midlands club, Masi had this to say on the subject. (29.40)

He said: “Albion were long-time admirers of Karlan Grant at board level. At the top, they’ve been long term admirers of Karlan Grant but from what I understand it was Slaven Bilic who felt he was his striker to take the club forward.

“Grant was really Bilic’s man, but at the moment that looks like a mistake.

“I think in the , if we’re in the Championship next season, he’ll probably score, if we play the right way, he will score a lot of goals.”

West Brom signed Grant back in October from Championship side Huddersfield Town for a fee of £14.85 million. Since then, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £9 million, has made 16 appearances for the Baggies in the Premier League, registering just one goal along the way (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on Joe Masi’s comments on Grant and his transfer to West Brom… 

Taking into account Grant’s poor record in front of goal so far this season and the fact that Sam Allardyce has named him as an unused substitute for their two previous league games, this suggests to us that his move to the Hawthorns has not been a successful one and the player could be better suited at playing in the Championship, as Masi mentioned.

Did West Brom make a mistake in signing Grant?

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Yes

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In our view, if West Brom manage to avoid relegation this season, the club should look to move Grant on elsewhere and bring in a striker that is more suited to the Premier League. However, if the Baggies do end up in the Championship next season, it may be in their best interest to keep hold of Grant and see if he can do a job for them instead.