It’s hard for West Brom to make any long-term plans when their Premier League status is in serious peril.
The short-term goal will, of course, be to remain in the big time under Big Sam but several of the Baggies’ current stars are out of contract in the summer, meaning a decision will need to be made on them at some point.
One of which is Hal Robson-Kanu, who is very much out-of-favour at the minute.
And his chances of breaking into the starting XI are getting slimmer following the signing of Mbaye Diagne and Karlan Grant’s return from injury over the past few matches.
Indeed, the Welshman has only played 362 minutes in all competitions this term, and is yet to even start a match in the Premier League despite all of their goalscoring woes.
This would suggest that he’s just not fancied to make an impact. Slaven Bilic barely utilised him and nor has Allardyce.
The 31-year-old’s overall record in the English top-flight is hardly inspiring either having scored only 12 goals in 84 appearances, as per Transfermarkt.
Given that he’s not playing and is on a reported £30k-per-week – among Albion’s top earners – it would make sense to let him leave in the summer, regardless of the division they’re in.
And if Big Sam does the unthinkable and keeps the Midlands outfit in the division, then that decision should be all that easier.
Robson-Kanu’s career has been blighted by injuries, but as Jem Karacan told The Athletic last season, those setbacks helped transform him into an “absolute machine,” both physically and mentally.
“He’s great off the pitch. When you know his sense of humour he’s a great lad to be around,” added his former Reading teammate.
But things are no longer going to plan for the veteran forward anymore.
The Baggies’ finances are perilous as it is, so they’ll need every penny following what seems a likely relegation, which is why sporting director Luke Dowling and his team should move on from the long-serving star at the end of the season, regardless of the outcome of the current campaign.
His time is quickly running out.
AND in other news, West Brom made a foolish mistake over £50k-p/w FLOP this transfer window…