West Bromwich Albion will use the remaining weeks of the summer transfer window to try and bring in a new striker.
In a recent report for The Athletic, Baggies journalist Elias Burke shed some light on the matter.
He said: “Though Karlan Grant’s goalscoring record suggests he would be an able deputy to first-choice striker Daryl Dike, Albion will continue pursuing options in that department until the transfer window shuts on August 31.”
In terms of their business so far this summer, the Baggies have brought in the likes of Okay Yokuslu, Jed Wallace and John Swift on free transfers, in addition to signing Jayson Molumby on a permanent basis following his loan spell at The Hawthorns last season.
The Baggies have also seen some big names leaving the Midlands club over the summer, such as Romaine Sawyers, Sam Johnstone and Andy Carroll.
As the Baggies journalist mentioned in his report, Grant ended the previous campaign as West Brom’s top scorer in the league with 18 goals and six assists to his name.
Now that Burke has revealed that Albion will keep looking for a new striker to bring in before the transfer window closes, this will surely have lots of Baggies fans buzzing to hear that the club want to ensure that they have enough strength and depth in that area of the squad to give them the best chance of winning promotion from the Championship.
Bearing in mind how West Brom ended their previous campaign with fewer goals scored (52) than the likes of Reading (54), Blackpool (54) and Swansea City (56), in addition to recording the lowest rate of shots on target in the division (29.1%), it’s easy to see why Steve Bruce would be looking to add a new centre-forward to his ranks.
If the Baggies can bring in a new striker who can compete against the likes of Grant and Dike for a place in the team, this could potentially end up being the difference between reaching the Premier League or facing another season in the Championship.