West Brom’s inability to stick the ball in the back of the net was one of their biggest downfalls during their relegation from the Premier League.
If you do not have a goalscorer you are always going to struggle, no matter what league you are playing in.
With Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez only managing seven goals each on their way to relegation, one thing that the Baggies need is a new and proven Football League goalscorer.
There would be no better player to arrive at the Hawthorns than Peterborough United’s Jack Marriott.
The 23-year-old found the goal 33 times last campaign in all competitions, with his 27 league goals enough to make him the comfortable League One golden boot winner.
With the Posh seemingly willing to cash in on the striker if the right price is met, rumoured to be around £7 million, there has been a lot of interest in the striker.
Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Aston Villa have all reportedly registered an interest already, but no one has been able to meet Peterborough’s valuation as of yet.
Signing Marriott would be the statement of intent that Darren Moore should be making this transfer window. The manager worked miracles to restore a sense of optimism at the club, but now he needs to add more substance to the club if they are to make an immediate return to the Premier League.
It would be naive of him to think he has enough firepower in his side and securing Marriott would endear Moore even more to the Hawthorns faithful.
Who is he?
Marriott’s two goals against Aston Villa in the FA Cup in January proved he is more than capable of mixing it with the best in the Championship, so the move would not be as a big a risk as it may initially seem.
Over the 2017/18 season, he scored an impressively even spread of goals with his right-foot, left-foot and head showing his ability to fit any system. He was in a team where he was almost solely reliant on the assists of Marcus Maddison so in a team with a greater depth of quality, he would thrive in the Championship.
Would you welcome Marriott to the Hawthorns, West Brom fans?