West Bromwich Albion have some decisive weeks coming up.
Not only is their Premier League promotion at stake, the Baggies need to plan heavily for a new manager and their squad for next season. No matter what division they’re in, it’s clear the Hawthorns needs to house a rebuild.
While Jimmy Shan’s long-term replacement is still up in the air, they need to prioritise holding onto their prized assets next season. To that end, Dwight Gayle’s deal is still not permanent and according to reports from the Chronicle, there are other suitors circling around him.
Rather scarily, Fulham are reportedly interested in signing him, but the Baggies cannot allow that to happen.
Gayle’s been an excellent addition to their squad, adding mobility, excitement, goals with his natural instincts. He’s linked up with the experienced Jay Rodriguez really well to create one of the most dangerous combinations in the Championship.
It’s no surprise the Baggies are experiencing one of their best goal-scoring seasons in years thanks to their clinical attack. Yes, there are obvious concerns as to his ability to score goals in the Premier League but for any side either looking to go up or just about survive once there, the former Crystal Palace ace has previous.
The 28-year-old’s netted 21 times for the Baggies in his debut season, showcasing prime striker’s instincts and few would doubt he’s a wonderful addition to any side in West Brom’s position. He’s remained alert and agile in the final third, benefitting from West Brom’s direct system to showcase his all-around finishing ability. However, Gayle’s ability to move in from the wings or kick-start attacks by going deep are invaluable to West Brom’s success.
Irrespective of whether they’re playing in the Premier League or not, the Baggies need to retain their dangerous combination next season.
Gayle’s solidified himself as a fan-favourite with his excellent goal-scoring run and breaking up his lethal partnership with Rodriguez would be a grave mistake from the Baggies.
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