West Brom could be in line for a busy couple of weeks with the January transfer window soon coming to a close, and it appears as if manager Slaven Bilic wants to add ‘quality’ additions to his squad.
The Baggies have been linked with a vast array of names, mostly of an attacking nature, so no prizes for guessing where they are likely to strengthen most.
An interesting report has emerged in the past seven days over the potential of signing a versatile winger from Bilic’s homeland, Croatia.
The player in question is Mislav Orsic of Dinamo Zagreb, who has been lighting up the Prva HNL and the Champions League alike this campaign.
He’s possibly an underrated member of the squad as central attacking midfielder Dani Olmo takes the bulk of the spotlight given his La Masia background and constant speculation to football’s European elite.
Orsic has netted a whopping 19 goals this season, including a hattrick against Atalanta, who themselves advanced into the UCL knockout stages. He has also provided five assists, taking his total goal contribution to 24 in only 26 appearances, per Transfermarkt.
The 27-year-old has played over 75% of his matches at right-wing, but he’s also adept at playing on the left and through the middle.
His arrival at the Hawthorns would certainly bolster their claims for the title this season given his prolific exploits, but it would likely put academy grad, Kyle Edwards, most at risk.
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The young Baggie is currently the backup choice of winger behind loan star Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Matt Phillips, and whenever he’s been given the opportunity this season, he’s failed to produce,
In 26 matches in all competitions, the winger has scored two goals while only providing three assists, via Transfermarkt, and his numbers for the attributes associated with a wide man are far from inspiring either.
Averaging a rating of just 6.49 in the league this term, Edwards is only producing 0.2 crosses, 0.4 key passes and 1.1 shots per game, according to figures by WhoScored.
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This just isn’t good enough and considering it’s at Championship level, it only provides doubt over whether he could cut it in the top-flight.
He’d be a welcome addition to the Baggies’ potent top-scoring attack this month, even if it is at the expense of Edwards.