West Brom are nailed on for a play-off place after an emphatic win over Preston today, although the fans may feel they should’ve been closer to the top two.
The performance against North End was a reminder of the quality the Baggies possess and on their day they are undoubtedly one of the best sides in the league.
Yet, they haven’t maintained that consistently, which has understandably annoyed supporters at times.
One reason for that is a lack of creativity and quality from midfield.
Even though scoring goals hasn’t been an issue, they haven’t controlled games like they should and have often been reliant on individual brilliance as opposed to clever patterns of play.
That predictability going forward at times may come from Albion lacking a star number ten in the side that could link the play in the final third.
However, if Albion had landed Blackburn’s Bradley Dack, he may have given the team a different dimension.
The West Midlands outfit targeted the 25-year-old in the two previous windows but a deal couldn’t be reached with Rovers who were obviously reluctant to lose their star man.
But, Dack hasn’t made the same impact for Tony Mowbray’s men in the second half of the campaign, scoring just four goals, and a move may be on the cards in the summer.
And, if that’s the case, West Brom should be in once again for the attacking midfielder.
Even though his form in 2019 would be a concern, the reality is that Dack is a big fish in a small pond at Ewood Park and he would benefit from playing with better players at The Hawthorns.
More importantly, as mentioned, he would bring a quality that James Shan’s squad currently lacks, whilst he also fits the profile of player that the club should be looking to attract.
Blackburn would demand a big fee but a good year or two with Albion would see Dack’s value continue to rise, so it could make great business sense too.
No matter what division West Brom are in next season, they will need to target an attacking midfielder and Dack is the man that could solve their problem position.