The West Brom fans here in the Transfer Tavern really are down in the dumps after their gutting loss to relegation rivals Southampton over the course of the weekend. Indeed, rooted to the bottom of the table, there’s not much bounce in a Baggies step at the moment.
Amid the struggles under Alan Pardew, some of the punters propping up our bar are already starting to question the loan signing of England international, Daniel Sturridge. While his arrival initially looked like a major coup for the West Midlands side, the Liverpool man on loan hasn’t looked a natural fit thus far.
Granted, he’s only had a couple of games for the Baggies, though the 28-year-old doesn’t look to be a striker capable of leading the line for a side who are bottom of the league anymore. Few would doubt his supreme quality, though Sturridge prefers to wait in the shadows before popping up with an outstanding finish, rather than getting all too involved with the one-paced build-up play his teammates are currently offering.
Perhaps he’ll score goals for the club, though the service simply isn’t there right now. With that in mind, perhaps the fact Pardew went in for Sturridge and didn’t chase up reported interest in Troy Deeney could be the transfer decision that sends West Brom down.
The Watford skipper – valued at just £9m by Transfermarkt – is much more adept at bringing others into play and the notion of him linking up with the clever Jay Rodriguez would have been an exciting one. Obviously, he’s not as big a name as Sturridge, though adding Deeney to an already stocked frontline would have given Pardiola so much more than Sturridge.