Diedhiou can present West Brom with a new dynamic in attack

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The last couple of months have been an absolute rollercoaster for West Brom and it doesn’t look as though things will be slowing down.

After it was confirmed Dwight Gayle wouldn’t return, Albion were always going to have to be in the market for a forward but with Jay Rodriguez now looking as though he’s about to leave too, things have gone from bad to worse after failing to achieve promotion.

The appointment of Slaven Bilic and a new contract for Rekeem Harper had the potential to change the mood but after reports emerged regarding Rodriguez’s possible departure, their plans for the new campaign have taken another setback.

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However, last week, the club were linked with Famara Diedhiou. The Bristol City striker scored 13 goals last term and although that is some way off the 22 Rodriguez netted in 2018/19, it could help to soften the blow.

In short, the forward can give the Baggies a completely new dynamic in attack.

Last season they relied on the more technically-gifted Gayle and Rodriguez, but Diedhiou is a different player.

The Robins striker is a more physical option, possessing phenomenal aerial prowess, standing at 6 foot 2.

Last season, he won a remarkable 5.6 aerial duels per game. To put that into context, Craig Dawson won only 4.3 for West Brom in the Championship last season which was the most of any Albion player.

In terms of their forwards, Rodriguez won the most but that was a measly 1.8 per game compared to Diedhiou’s supreme efforts.

The 26-year-old could significantly improve their ability to compete in the air and they could find themselves scoring more goals from crosses.

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Nine of his 26 goals in the last two seasons have been from headers which provides plenty of evidence of how good he is in those types of situations.

In away games against Nottingham Forest and Preston last campaign, he won 12 aerial duels whilst he won a further 11 in the home fixture against the latter too.

If West Brom have desires of achieving promotion in 2019/20, they may have to take an alternative approach. Landing Diedhiou would certainly give them that and it could be game-changing in the way they attack.