West Brom’s number one priority this summer was to bring in some strikers.
They’d just lost Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez, so they were seriously lacking firepower up front, and if they wanted to mount a serious promotion challenge they needed new centre-forwards.
We all know that the Baggies have managed to challenge for the top two as they currently sit six points clear of third place, but that doesn’t necessarily indicate that their hunt for a striker was successful.
They brought in two players in the shape of Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore and after just 11 league goals between them, you have to say that they weren’t the best pieces of business the Baggies have ever done.
The worst thing is, fans saw this coming a mile off, and they were very sceptical about his arrival when they were initially linked with him.
An “anyone will do” signing. Just get Gayle for crying out loud, he’s exactly what the club need, exactly what the fans want, and will do the job he’s paid to, this bloke is a very average champ player at best, £8m in my opinion we are being done over again.
— simon cooper (@sicoop01) July 17, 2019
Getting numbers in squad not quality..disappointing
— Clifford G (@wba1957) July 17, 2019
Really want to be positive that we signing someone, however Zohore doesn’t get me excited 😂 but don’t judge a player until his kicked a ball, in Bilic I trust 🇭🇷❤️ #wba
— Jack⚽️🇬🇧 (@jackxwba) July 17, 2019
I had heard of him but can’t say that Zohore’s record is anything but disappointing, £8m seems way over the odd’s. Like any new suspect signing would love him to prove me wrong & his age certainly fits with lowering average squad age but can’t say I’m particularly inspired? #WBA pic.twitter.com/gLH37qTFN2
— Paul Harris (@Hero_Taylor9) July 17, 2019
£8m for Zohore… am I missing something?
— Mike (@Revanche89) July 17, 2019
Of course, West Brom’s scouting will consist of more than looking at his goal record online, but when you’re trying to replace two 20-goal strikers you need to prioritise someone who has a track record of finding the net regularly, and Zohore wasn’t that man.
The Norwegian hasn’t gone a long way towards proving the fanbase wrong, quickly slipping down to being the Midlands club’s third-choice striker behind Hal Robson-Kanu and Austin.
Unfortunately, Luke Dowling couldn’t see this even though a number of fans could, and the £8m signing of Zohore is a blemish on the Baggies man’s record.
In other news, West Brom are underutilising one man.