Joseph Masi has been speaking on the Baggies Broadcast about West Brom’s desperate need to sign a striker in January.
Masi reported over the summer that West Brom had a shortlist of strikers they were looking to bring in to help bolster Valerien Ismael’s squad. This included Liam Delap and Daryl Dike, but in the end, they had to settle for Jordan Hugill, who only scored four goals in the Championship for Norwich City last season.
It has been reported by Masi in the past that Ismael really wants to link up once again with Dike, who impressed during his loan stint with Barnsley last season, but after they failed to move for the striker over the summer, he’s thrived in MLS, helping Orlando City reach the play-offs, so a lot more teams could become interested in him come this January or next summer.
Masi has been discussing West Brom’s need to provide Ismael with another striker and one that fits his system and style of play.
“The truth is that we’re in November, Ismael always says the transfer process is ongoing. I’ve got no doubt in my mind that he wants a striker in January. Hopefully, he’ll get one in at the start of the month rather than at the end of the month, because there’s a lot of games.
“I really hope Albion get Dike or someone in January. I really hope they give Val a chance, because I think he needs it.”
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The Baggies’ top scorer is Karlan Grant with eight goals, although he’s only found the net once in his last five appearances, and when you compare that to Dominic Solanke and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who are Bournemouth and Fulham’s top scorers, it’s clear West Brom have a problem with putting the ball in the back of the net.
There is no surprise or secret behind Ismael’s admiration for Dike given they worked together last season and wanted to sign him again over the summer, but as long as West Brom continue to not relinquish transfer funds to Ismael, there is little chance of him arriving, as Orlando wanted £17 million last summer and after his impressive season in America, that fee may have increased.