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According to the Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion are keen to bring Dwight Gayle back to the Midlands in January as Slaven Bilic looks to put an end to his striking department woes.
Reports suggest that Newcastle United are bracing themselves for activity surrounding their striker in the upcoming transfer window, which is no surprise given half the Championship have been linked to him in recent months – well, Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, and Fulham.
Supporters at the Hawthorns will need no introduction to the 29-year-old as he enjoyed a fruitful loan spell last season – Gayle bagged 24 goals in 41 appearances.
This summer, Bilic signed two strikers to try and plug the void left behind by the goal-laden forward, but it hasn’t yet gone to plan.
Gayle’s small 5 foot 9 figure means he would offer a presence that no other striker at the club can, at least that appears to be the case at first glance.
But if the Magpies talisman was to return to Albion, Zohore is probably most at risk of seeing his Baggies career go up in flames as he possesses the most pace out of any of their other options – both Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu are 30-years-old.
One is also a predatory target man of sorts and the other a super-sub loose cannon.
Zohore gives Bilic’s frontline pace, drive, and power, which is all too similar to Gayle.
The former Cardiff City man has had two spells in the Championship before, where he was fouled on average 1.4 and 1.6 times per game with is similar to West Brom’s loan star last season as he was fouled 1.5 times per match.
This suggests that the opposition struggled to handle them because of the qualities they possess, and thus, they offer something too similar to both play together.
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Although, this saga will undoubtedly rumble on, just like it did in the summer. We’ll have to wait and see what comes of it.