Former West Bromwich Albion defender Ally Robertson has urged the Baggies to sign a new striker in January.
Albion are second in the Championship table as we head out of the second international break of the 2021/22 campaign, having lost their unbeaten record due to a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City nearly a fortnight ago.
The Baggies have made a strong start to life under Valerien Ismael – scoring the third-most goals in the division and conceding the third-fewest goals – but question marks remain over their lack of a consistent number nine.
Karlan Grant is the club’s top scorer with four in 11 but Ismael seems to prefer to use him out wide while both Jordan Hugill and Kenneth Zohore are yet to find the net.
It’s an area of concern for Robertson, who, speaking to the Express & Star, has urged his former club to address the problem when the transfer window opens in January.
He said: “I’d like to see us making a couple of additions in January.
“If we could buy a couple then great.
“But we don’t seem to be spending fees so it might be a case of bringing a few in on loan just to improve the squad a little bit and add a bit of strength in depth.
“I think we do need a striker. Callum Robinson has done well and Karlan Grant has found his form recently which was great to see.
“But I think we need another option in that central striker role.”
Daryl Dike, who starred for Ismael when he took Barnsley to the play-offs last term, was linked in the summer and could be an option that they reconsider.
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You feel Robertson’s stance will likely be echoed by the majority of West Brom fans.
Albion have made an impressive start to the season but addressing their lack of a consistent number nine is something that could make them even better.
Bournemouth have looked strong in recent weeks, while Fulham’s squad is packed full of quality, Stoke City have made a step up and Coventry City seem a side full of belief, so the race for the top two is far from a foregone conclusion.
Adding a proper number nine could give the Baggies just the boost they need ahead of the second half of the season.