West Bromwich Albion had a rather quiet end to the summer transfer window as they brought in no new additions on deadline day and now the pressure is on chief Luke Dowling to deliver before October 16th…
According to the Express & Star’s Joseph Masi, the Midlands outfit will look to conclude a deal for Slaven Bilic’s “number one target” Karlan Grant before the domestic deadline in under ten days time.
The club has been locked in talks with Huddersfield Town over a move for the 23-year-old all summer but the two teams remain wide apart from their structures of the deal.
The Baggies would like to sign Grant on loan for £5m and then pay a remaining £13m should they regain their Premier League status next summer.
Leaving it this late is awfully risky business from Albion’s technical director as it’s only going to put the pressure on him if he fails to deliver the one man Bilic has wanted all summer.
They have already endured a tough start to life in the Premier League and dealing another devastating blow could cause an irreparable rippling effect as the season rumbles on.
To continue with just Callum Robinson, a winger by trade, and Hal Robson-Kanu, who has only ever bagged 12 goals in 78 top-flight appearances, is awfully stupid.
Both Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore barely cut the mustard in the Championship and as a result are on the chopping block to any interested EFL team, though it only highlights the desperate need for another striker in through the door at the Hawthorns.
Grant scored more goals than the aforementioned duo combined – per WhoScored, the Terriers star bagged 19 times and averaged 2.6 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
He’s also yet to feature this campaign, so the prospect of losing out to him through injury isn’t on the table right now.
Once lauded as a player who “causes problems and scores goals,” Grant must be tapped up at all costs otherwise Dowling and the Albion hierarchy have so much to answer for.
If they do get relegated at the first time of asking, then Bilic can’t be held accountable.