This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
West Bromwich Albion are in pursuit of Belenenses striker Mateo Cassierra, according to reports in Portugal.
Maisfutebol has reported that the Baggies are one of the clubs in the running for the forward, with the club’s manager Petit revealing a good offer has been made.
But would he be a good signing for Albion? And do they need him?
We quizzed our FLW writers for their thoughts…
In terms of strength in depth Mateo Cassierra would be a good addition for West Bromwich Albion.
It remains to be seen how the 24-year-old adjusts from Liga Portugal to the Championship, but hitting double figures for a mid-table side in Belenenses last season suggests he could be a threat in front of goal in the English second tier.
With Kenneth Zohore unsettled and Karlan Grant being played more as a wideman, it is important the Baggies bring in a backup to Callum Robinson through the middle. Cassierra provides crucial variety to the attacking contingent, it is important Valerien Ismael has someone to turn to if plan A does not continue to be as destructive as it has been so far this season.
Over the 46 games, Cassierra will definitely be required and at 24 he is a player that should develop once settled, and potentially provide a threat in top-flight should the club achieve their promotion ambitions this term.
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This could be a Daryl Dike-esque signing.
Why? Because he’s an unknown quantity in England, someone who will be a surprise package and someone who could seemingly work perfectly in Valerien Ismael’s system after tracking down someone so obscure.
With Liam Delap, he’s been the subject of interest from many Championship teams and has been seen in action for Manchester City before, so it’s no surprise to see him linked with many teams.
But Cassierra obviously has something about him the West Brom recruitment team and Ismael like – and for starters – he will be able to use his tall stature to be the strong presence up top Dike was at Barnsley in the second half of last season.
Dike proved to be the key to the Tykes’ rise up the table and although the Baggies are already doing well this season, he could be the man to fire them to promotion.
Ten goals in 32 Liga Nos appearances last season was a respectable tally for Cassierra and something he could improve upon at 24 years old, so if they can recruit him on a deal that could provide value for money, it’s definitely one they should be going for.
And after selling Matheus Pereira, it’s a deal they can afford to have a little gamble on.
This is an exciting move for West Brom but I am not entirely sure that he is the type of player that the club need at this point.
Cassierra possesses the power and pace to cause havoc in the Championship, and he has the relentless work ethic that Valerien Ismael desires in a front man, meaning he would be a good fit within West Brom’s current attacking line up, however, The Baggies have perhaps the most frightening front-line in the division.
Karlan Grant, Matty Phillips, Callum Robinson, and Grady Diangana, all bring pace, power, goal threat, and creativity to the attacking third, and maybe the only thing they need to add to that is a towering forward who is brought in for ‘Plan B’. Yes, The Baggies do have Kenneth Zohore, but he is seemingly out of favour.
Cassierra is an exciting prospect at Championship level, but there are other second tier- clubs, who also possess promotion ambitions, who would benefit more from his arrival.