West Brom have been linked with a move for Stade Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier, and he’s just shown why Sam Allardyce should be rushing to complete a deal.
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, the 66-year-old ‘firefighter’ is keen to add the five-cap Frenchman to his ranks as he’s free to leave the Ligue 1 outfit before the expiry of his current contract at the end of the season.
It’s claimed that the Baggies’ officials are seeing if they can work out a move with Big Sam wanting him as part of a major overhaul. It is also thought that Grenier is on wages of around £57k-per-week.
Whilst Albion were busy being embarrassingly dumped out of the FA Cup at the third-round stage by lower league Blackpool, the 30-year-old was impressing in Rennes’ draw with league leaders Lyon.
Indeed, Grenier scored their opener from a deep-lying playmaking position alongside Eduardo Camavinga and Steven N’Zonzi.
SofaScore graded his performance a 7.2, whilst he also delivered 89% of his 62 passing attempts, had 71 touches and won three free-kicks.
This makes him a candidate for that box-to-box role behind Matheus Pereira, and really, it’s something the Brazilian needs to get back to his creative best in the no.10 role.
After notching eight goals and a whopping 20 assists last erm, the enigmatic talisman has struggled with just five goal contributions this term, three of which being assists, via Transfermarkt.
Grenier could unshackle his influence further forward, more so than Romaine Sawyers or Jake Livermore, who both are averaging shocking ratings of 6.21 or worse this term.
Former Albion boss Alan Pardew once tried to sign the Frenchman for Newcastle United, citing his “tremendous creative technical ability” as a key attribute to the Daily Express.
The Athletic’s Gunnerblog claimed Grenier would have been a “typically astute signing” at the time. Clearly, his experience at the very top is reason to why he’d be a massive upgrade on someone like Sawyers.
Just imagine him and Pereira, the latter could finally thrive in the top-flight amid claims he’s unhappy at the club.
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