With 17 games played in the Championship so far this season, West Brom have scored 27 goals along the way. That’s 17 fewer than Fulham, who are currently one place and six points above the Baggies in the league table.
Taking this into account, and with that the January transfer window is quickly approaching, it seems as though Albion could do with adding an extra attacking option to their squad to help bolster their squad strength up front.
It has recently been reported by the Daily Mail that West Brom are one of the Championship clubs – alongside Swansea City, Bournemouth and Stoke City – who are interested in making a move to sign Derby County winger Tom Lawrence, who the Rams are reportedly willing to jettison on a free transfer in January.
Since joining Derby back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Leicester City, Lawrence – who is currently earning a weekly wage of £27k-per-week according to Salary Sport – has gone on to make 161 appearances for the Rams across all competitions, scoring 28 goals and providing 23 assists along the way.
So far this season, the 27-year-old, who is currently valued at £3.6m by Transfermarkt, has played in all but two of Derby’s league games, scoring two goals and providing three assists in the process and showing just how important he is to Wayne Rooney’s side.
As well as his goals and assists, Lawrence’s performances have earned him an overall season rating of 6.89/10, making him Derby’s third-highest rated player according to WhoScored. That would undoubtedly make the Welshman, who has been described as an “intelligent” player by his former manager Phillip Cocu, a big miss for the Rams if he leaves in January.
Lawrence has vast experience of playing in the Championship and has proved himself to be a useful and versatile attacking figure for Derby by playing as a centre-forward and attacking midfielder at times this season, as well on the left wing. Therefore, this could be a great move for Lai Guochuan to explore as a potential free transfer to help push his club towards promotion by the end of the campaign.
Also, with Derby recently being hit with a further nine-point deduction, leaving them bottom of the table on -3 points, it’s safe to say that they are very much in danger of being relegated by the end of the season. That would make a January exit for Lawrence all the likelier if he wants to have a chance of playing in the Premier League next term instead of League One.