West Bromwich Albion are in with a good chance of securing automatic promotion in the current campaign, with just three points separating them from second position.
The Midlands club have been rather impressive in recent times under the guidance of Darren Moore, but that doesn’t change the fact that they need to bring in at least one signing from here on in.
Moore has had to deal with a number of injuries in recent times, which has given him a slight selection headache. And, with only a limited amount of time remaining until the January transfer window shuts, it remains to be seen as to why he hasn’t filled the huge void left by Harvey Barnes.
Nevertheless, this is what Moore’s West Brom XI should look like by now, with any underlying injuries being thrown out the window…
THE WEST BROM XI MOORE SHOULD HAVE BUILT
Sam Johnstone has done a great job for the Baggies in-between the sticks so far this season, as one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship at this moment in time.
Mason Holgate has adjusted to life at the Hawthorns very quickly since joining from Everton, with Kieran Gibbs constantly putting in accomplished performances on the opposite flank. Also, Craig Dawson has been very impressive at the heart of the defence, but Ahmed Hegazy has been error-prone at times.
Newcastle United’s Ciaran Clark was also touted (as per the Daily Mail) and would have been an excellent defensive addition.
Chris Brunt and Jake Livermore played well together at times during the first half of the season, but an injury to the latter has meant that Moore has had to look at alternative partnerships. But, if the Englishman was fit he would definitely slot right into the starting XI at the Hawthorns.
Supporters will be slightly worried that their side haven’t managed to replace Harvey Barnes up until this point, as the youngster was their star player during the first half of the season. Indeed, the Baggies were reportedly (as per The Mirror, via Birmingham Live) interested in signing Emile Smith Rowe on loan, but everything has gone quiet on that front in recent times, so they may be looking at different options.
Smith Rowe could have had gone on to establish himself as a hero, just like Barnes did, as he has already showcased his talents during his limited first-team appearances at the Emirates, with the ability to create and score goals.
Dwight Gayle has been very impressive since joining the club on loan from Newcastle United back in the summer transfer window, while Matt Phillips and Jay Rodriguez should arguably be playing in the Premier League.
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