Dwight Gayle has been a huge hit in the West Midlands since making his loan move from Newcastle United to West Brom in the summer.
He got Jimmy Shan’s side off to the perfect start again during Saturday’s clash with Preston North End, opening the scoring in the 27th minute with a classy volley before doubling his and his teams tally four minutes later.
Jay Rodriguez made it 3-0 just before half-time to effectively kill off the match with an emphatic finish into the top-corner, with Gayle rounding off his hat-trick soon after.
Josh Ginnelly dragged one back for North End in the 90th minute to make it 4-1 but the damage had been done already by the Newcastle United loanee.
He is someone the fans would absolutely love to see stick around past the summer and according to the Express and Star the striker also sees his future at the Hawthorns.
But just how big a boost is this for the Baggies?
“This is a huge boost for West Brom.
“Gayle has shown this season that he can lead the line in a Championship promotion push, having done that with both Newcastle and West Brom, and his Premier League experience could be welcome for the Baggies should they go up this season.”
“A massive boost.
“Quite simply he is one of the best players at the club so Albion should be doing all they can to keep him.
“Some will say that he may not be able to cut it in the Premier League but, providing Albion get there, I think he could do a job.”
“What a boost this is!
“Gayle has been hugely impressive this season and West Brom need him to stick around to provide them with the goals next season.
“Without him, they wouldn’t be within touching distance of winning promotion and they need to do everything they can to sign him on a permanent basis in the summer.”