One thing West Brom desperately needed in the summer was a striker.
The Baggies had just lost their two top goal scorers from the previous season after Dwight Gayle returned to Newcastle and Jay Rodriguez was signed by Burnley, and the Baggies needed to make up for losing the firepower that duo provided.
Indeed, despite the Midlands club sitting pretty in the automatic promotion spots their two summer striker arrivals have just 11 league goals between them.
Albion explored a number of options before settling on Austin and Zohore, and one man they reportedly wanted to bring in was Scott Hogan.
The Aston Villa misfit was heavily linked with Albion in the summer, and the supporters weren’t too keen on the idea of the former Brentford man joining their club.
— WEST BROM FAN TV (@ALBIONFANTV) August 6, 2019
🙈🙈🙈 Please tell me this is a Prank
— Chris Cartwright (@baggiess1) August 6, 2019
Better of with Hulk Hogan. If he isnt good enough for the seals he iant good enough for the Albion. Its a no from me.
— Ade Bates (@AdeyBa1) August 6, 2019
Imagine if we actually signed Scott Hogan, i might have a meltdown. #WBA
— ZacWBA (@ZacG_) August 6, 2019
The Hawthorns faithful were very clear and frank in their views, they didn’t want the striker to come in, but the striker has since gone on to prove them wrong.
Hogan clearly had his doubters at the start of the season, but their viewpoints may have been changed by his incredible form since joining Birmingham City in January.
The 27-year-old has shown himself to be one of the deadliest strikers at this level, netting seven goals in eight appearances for the Blues since his loan move, and that strike rate has to leave you wondering how he would have got on at Albion.
The Baggies haven’t had a reliable goalscorer this season, with their top bagsman finding the net just 10 times, and if they had a striker of Hogan’s calibre they may have been lightyears clear at the top of the table.
It seems as though the fanbase were wrong to doubt the Villa man when they were linked with him in the summer.