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West Bromwich Albion are among the clubs taking a closer look at Queens Park Rangers forward Lyndon Dykes at the moment, according to Teamtalk.
The striker had a slow start to life in the Championship this year but has been on fire in recent weeks and, evidently, that has caught the attention of the Baggies.
Would he be a good signing for them, though? Some of our writers take a look…
Unless they’re expecting to lose multiple strikers in the summer, this seems unnecessary to me.
In Karlan Grant, they’ve got a forward that’s readymade to fire them back to the Premier League.
Things haven’t worked out for him in his first season at Albion but returning to the second tier should help him prove his quality.
Charlie Austin looks likely to leave permanently, while Mbaye Diagne is set to head back to his permanent club and Hal Robson Kanu could be on the move.
But even so, Grant and Callum Robinson are fantastic options, so I’m not sure signing Dykes for what would likely be an inflated fee is the right move.
I think this would be a great signing.
I think Albion certainly need more depth in the final third with Charlie Austin’s future looking uncertain and Kenneth Zohore’s performances not being quite at it since joining the club from Cardiff.
Karlan Grant will obviously be a key player if the Baggies are relegated, but Mbaye Diagne’s future also looks uncertain.
Dykes is a quality forward who has adapted really well to the Championship this season, and I think he’d offer something different in the final third.
I can’t see QPR wanting to lose him, though.
This is a signing that would make a lot of sense if West Brom are preparing for life in the Championship next term, which seems highly likely.
Dykes is a player that has grown into the Championship and is now showing real strong form having scored six goals in his last six games. Over the course of a full campaign on his form at the moment he would be one of the deadliest forwards in the division.
West Brom would be a good destination for him and they would be able to create a lot of chances for him in the final third in the Championship with the quality they have. You could see the forward thriving off the service and potentially reaching well into double figures for them.
The Baggies might need to pay a hefty sum to force him out of QPR, but it would be worthwhile if he could come in and score regularly for them.