West Bromwich Albion have been handed a boost to their chances of keeping Karlan Grant at The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that the 23-year-old centre-forward has no intention of leaving the Baggies in the upcoming transfer window, despite their relegation from the Premier League.
While it is undeniable that Grant has not quite lived up to the £15m fee West Brom had to pay Huddersfield Town to secure his services last October, the news that the former England U18 international is happy to remain at The Hawthorns beyond the summer should have fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, while the £8.1m-rated man’s performances in the Premier League left a lot to be desired, with the forward scoring just one goal over 21 appearances in the top flight last term, his form for the Terriers in the campaign prior would seem to bode extremely well for the Baggies ahead of next season.
In the 2019/20 Championship campaign, Grant bagged 19 goals, provided four assists and created six big chances over his 43 league appearances, as well as taking an average of 2.6 shots and making 1.2 key passes per game, with these returns seeing the £30k-per-week striker earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.87.
As such, if the man Danny Cowley dubbed a “ruthless” finisher can refind this form for West Brom next season, it would appear to massively increase the Baggies’ chances of securing an immediate return to the Premier League.
So, while Grant may have taken a little while to get used to life in the top flight of English football, the 23-year-old could be finally set to flourish in a West Brom shirt next season – an outcome that would undoubtedly delight West Brom fans, as well as the club themselves.
If West Brom want to secure an immediate promotion back to the top flight, they will need somebody to step up and score plenty of goals in the Championship. In Grant, they have a player with a track record of doing exactly that, it’ll be a huge boost if he stays at the club.