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The scary partnership that West Brom could unleash on the Championship in January: Comment

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West Bromwich Albion look well set as we head out of the international break, currently sitting fourth in the Championship, two points off the automatic promotion places.

Part of that success is due to the performances of some of their summer additions. Romaine Sawyers and Filip Krovinovic have settled well in central midfield, Grady Diangana has scored some important goals and Semi Ajayi looks to be building a partnership with Kyle Bartley at centre-back.

Two summer signings that have not quite seemed to quite find their feet, or their shooting boots, are strikers Kenneth Zohore and Charlie Austin.

Austin has made four appearances since his arrival on transfer deadline day and scored once, while Zohore has featured in all six Championship fixtures and scored just twice.

The Baggies appear to be considering adding reinforcements in January as, according to the Shields Gazette, the club may return for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle when the transfer window opens.

Gayle was sensational on loan at the Hawthorns last season and was both the top scorer (24) and joint-top provider of assists (eight).

West Brom reportedly tried to bring Gayle back for the 2019/20 campaign in the summer but were unable to get the deal done.

Adding him to their side in January could provide their promotion campaign with a real boost and may allow them to unleash a scary forward partnership.

Gayle formed an excellent partnership with Jay Rodriguez for the Baggies last season, providing a combined 46 goalsmore than three Championship sides, Stoke City, Ipswich Town, and Bolton Wanderers, managed all season.

Rodriguez left to join Burnley in the summer but bringing back Gayle and pairing him with Austin could potentially have a similar effect.

The 30-year-old has not quite found his form yet but he has got an outstanding goalscoring record in English football, having found the net 149 times.

Things haven’t worked out for Austin in the Premier League in recent years but the step down may suit him, as it did Rodriguez last season.

Both Gayle, 59 goals in 100 appearances, and Austin, 66 goals in 132 appearances, have excellent records in the Championship and combining the duo could provide the Baggies with a truly scary forward line.

Their styles of play may suit each other as well, with Austin a physical target man and Gayle utilising his pace in behind.

The 28-year-old is understood to have been unable to shake a calf injury this season and the Baggies may face the same stumbling blocks as they did in summer.

However, if they can bring a fully fit Gayle to the Hawthorns it would surely be a huge step toward returning to the Premier League.

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