Folarin Balogun would make a fantastic addition to Valerien Ismael’s options in attack at West Bromwich Albion.
That’s according to Luke Hatfield, with the Express & Star journalist stating his belief in a recent interview with GIVEMESPORT that, following reports that Arsenal are willing to let the centre-forward leave the club on a temporary basis in January, the 20-year-old would make an incredibly exciting addition to the Baggies’ current options up top.
Speaking as to whether he felt the England U21 international would be a good signing for West Brom, Hatfield said: “Balogun’s obviously someone who’s got quality. I think he was linked away in the summer, but he’s not going to see too many minutes with the options they’ve got there. It would be an interesting one, I think he would be an exciting signing.”
Considering the sheer amount of potential Balogun quite clearly possesses, coupled with West Brom’s rather desperate need for a goalscoring number nine, it would indeed appear as if the signing of the 20-year-old would be an incredibly smart move by Ismael and his transfer team this January.
Indeed, over his 11 Premier League 2 appearances for Arsenal’s U23s this season, the £3.6m-rated man has scored a whopping 13 goals and provided his teammates with three assists, as well as bagging a further two goals over his two EFL Trophy fixtures.
The £32k-per-week striker has also made three appearances for Mikel Arteta’s first-team side this term, something which, considering his tender age and the Gunners’ plethora of options up front, clearly shows how highly the youngster is thought of at The Emirates.
Indeed, Arsenal legend Martin Keown has suggested that Balogun’s style is similar to that of both Andy Cole and Ian Wright, as there is “that sort of movement about him” – with praise hardly coming any higher for an up and coming centre-forward.
And, with it very much looking as if Jordan Hugill will be heading back to Norwich City in January, with the 29-year-old loanee having scored just once over his 18 appearances for the Baggies, it would appear extremely likely that Ismael will indeed be on the market for a new forward.
As such, with Balogun looking as if he will be available this winter, the 46-year-old Albion boss simply must make a move to sign the player who Arteta dubbed an “incredible” talent, as the 20-year-old easily has the ability to fire West Brom back to the top flight come the end of the season.