West Brom could struggle with Slaven Bilic style if they sign Moussa Konate

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West Brom’s transfer activity has sprung to life in recent weeks with three new arrivals walking through the doors in a short space of time.

In attack, Kenneth Zohore has signed whilst the more defensive pairing of Semi Ajayi and Darnell Furlong have also been recruited.

However, another attacker who could join is Amiens’ Moussa Konate.

The striker scored seven times in Ligue 1 last season but there is a reason to suggest he could struggle to fit into West Brom’s style.

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Albion’s pre-season has been mixed to say the least after initially opening their account with defeat against Villarreal.

After that match, Slaven Bilic admitted that he wanted to play with two strikers, but revealed it could be difficult unless they signed new players.

Throughout their latest matches, Oliver Burke and Matt Phillips have both had to play in attack but the arrival of Zohore should certainly help with Bilic’s ambitions.

Yet, if they signed Konate, it could prove detrimental to the system he wants to operate with.

The fact is that if the Senegalese arrives and plays in a two, he’ll need to significantly improve in his passing.

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Last season he averaged a rather woeful 67.7% pass success rate in the French top-flight, ending the campaign with a completion percentage that was only worse than two Albion players to play over ten times in 2018/19.

Playing as a partnership in attack usually involves sharp link-up play and the ability to play short snappy passes, but assessing Konate’s ability to pass the ball makes it difficult to see how this could be achieved.

Therefore, if Bilic is considering bringing the 26-year-old to the Hawthorns, he must either think again or completely go against his word from a few weeks ago.

It’s clear the forward can be a threat, contributing to nine strikes last term, but his passing is an area he’d simply have to get better in.

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