Of Steve Bruce’s tumultuous reign at West Bromwich Albion there were few positives to take.
He was sacked and replaced with Carlos Corberan, who has already proven that positives could be taken from this side despite just €1.35m (£1.18m) investment over the summer. His back-to-back wins already stand as proof.
Of this summer, however, the deal to bring in Brandon Thomas-Asante must be a success, given how he already is just one goal shy of Karlan Grant’s tally of three despite having played less than half the minutes.
Signed for just £300k on the final day of August, it marked a huge coup to bring a man who already had four goals and two assists in six League Two appearances for Salford City that season. Indeed, since then, the club have well and truly hit the jackpot by bringing him to the Midlands.
Indeed, his value has soared since joining the club. Transfermarkt rated him at €400k (£349k) as of September 2022 but in just one month of scoring for his new side, that had already risen by 100% to €800k (£698k).
Although it was not his signing, it seems Corberan will be the man to reap the rewards of his growth in value.
Having been labelled an “instant Hawthorns goal hero” by Albion reporter Lewis Cox, it is clear that his two league goals have established him as a solid addition to West Brom’s roster and one worthy of an upshoot in his rating.
With Daryl Dike now reportedly nearing a return from injury, chances are likely to become much harder to come by for the 23-year-old.
However, it should provide fine competition between three strikers who have all proven they can be lethal when on form. The increase in numbers vying for one spot should hopefully bring out that proficiency in front of goal for the Spaniard who will have ambitions of pushing his side far above where they currently sit.