Christian Benteke is the latest striker to be linked with a move to West Brom before next week’s transfer deadline…
According to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old Belgian is free to leave Crystal Palace this window after securing a new forward, Jean-Philippe Mateta.
Although it’s claimed Benteke could still see out his contract despite falling down the pecking order under former Albion boss Roy Hodgson.
Whilst three goals in 13 appearances this season is far from inspiring, the veteran striker is a player who Sam Allardyce knows well having managed him at the Eagles in 2016/17.
His goals that year contributed hugely to Palace staying in the top-flight, Allardyce added: “He’s a big reason why we’ve still got a chance of staying out of the bottom three.”
That scenario is almost a mirror image to what is happening at the Hawthorns right now, so perhaps the vastly-experienced Premier League man could be valuable to the Baggies in the second half of the season.
Currently, Albion only have one senior striker at the club in Karlan Grant and he’s on the treatment table, and even then his 25 top-flight appearances isn’t a scratch on Benteke’s 75 goals in 238 PL games.
He also adds a new dimension to their attack as at 6 foot 3, he’s a target man – sort of in the mould to Romelu Lukaku, who also had a successful loan stint in the Midlands, steering Steve Clarke’s side to their best-ever finish of eighth.
Benteke’s arrival could replicate that, only it’ll be a phenomenal great escape rather than a surprise run at Europe.
Also dubbed an “absolute monster” in the past, Benteke could bring Lukaku vibes back to the Hawthorns and given Big Sam needs all the experience he can get right now, a player tried and tested under his wing makes far more sense than looking abroad for the solution.
Baggies chief Luke Dowling must sanction a move for the £120k-per-week colossus before that February 1st deadline.