West Brom are rapidly closing in on their first signing of the Sam Allardyce era.
According to the reliable John Percy at the Telegraph, Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass will undergo a medical today ahead of his switch from Premier League rivals West Ham.
It adds a crucial dimension to the faltering Baggies and something they lack in abundance, proven top-flight experience. He’s racked up 163 appearances and contributed to 51 goals, per Transfermarkt.
But that isn’t going to be enough to keep them in the division, no, they need additional firepower, so perhaps it’s time for Big Sam to consider a U-turn on mooted target Daniel James now that Snodgrass is nearly through the door.
The Daily Mail claimed earlier this week that the 66-year-old has opted against bringing in the Manchester United misfit this January as he aims to land a centre-back, midfielder and striker instead.
Indeed, all three positions are necessary to strengthen this month, but Albion shouldn’t turn their noses up at someone of James’ quality.
Red Devils teammate Andreas Pereira lauded the 23-year-old speed demon “explosive and so fast” in an interview to the official website last season.
The former Swansea man has found life tough in the big time, regularly being snubbed for the likes of Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford on the wings, whilst he has no place when a diamond midfield is deployed by Ole Gunner Solskjaer.
James did start 26 matches last term, however, and that saw him reap decent returns – three goals and six assists – whilst also averaging 1.3 shots and 0.8 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
But it is, of course, his remarkable speed that makes him such a lethal threat on the break and that’s what Albion are also lacking. Could you imagine if they had James against Liverpool?
Yes, Big Sam masterminded a point, but with James on the counter, they could have punished a weak Reds backline.
That seems like a bargain, on the face of it, and it would certainly benefit all parties involved.
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