West Bromwich Albion have seen themselves linked with few new players for the January transfer window, likely due to their financial issues that saw Steve Bruce hampered in the summer.
The ex-Baggies boss was afforded just £1.1m to spend, yet with a combination of shrewd business and free transfers managed to bring in eight new faces, however their form was so poor that he did not get to see out the season.
His replacement will now have to battle with the same issues, however having taken them on a three-game winning streak before the World Cup break, it seems that Carlos Corberan is having a better go at it than his predecessor.
Both seem to have suffered from a lack of goals however, which could soon be rectified by the return of Daryl Dike.
The 22-year-old marksman did not make it in time for a trip to Qatar with his nation, but had impressed previously with Barnsley and Orlando City.
He had marked himself out as a consistent presence in front of the goal, making his injuries following last January’s transfer even more frustrating.
This season, his absence has likely led to one of the few rumours that have actually persisted, in Aston Villa youngster Cameron Archer.
It would be a shame not to lure this young star to the Hawthorns, where he would surely strike up a fearsome partnership with the lethal American.
Having seen his chances limited this season, last campaign he proved his ability at all levels despite his youth.
After notching nine goals in eight appearances for the under-23s, he would also score four times in just two EFL Cup games for the senior squad before Preston North End would secure his services on loan.
“His quality levels are fantastic, he’s bullish, strong, he can roll, he has got that little burst of pace too.”
To combine this with the goalscoring exploits of Dike, it could finally solve a long-standing problem for the Midlands outfit to build upon the already solid foundations Corberan has brought.