Paul Merson has written in his Sky Sports column that West Bromwich Albion should make a move for Steven Caulker.
Caulker should be targetted
£3.6m-valued Caulker (Transfermarkt), who used to play for Liverpool and Tottenham in the Premier League, is currently playing his football in Turkey with Alanyaspor.
The Baggies are struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League table and have conceded more goals than any other team in the top flight this term. Merson believes that, as a result, he could be a top signing for the Hawthorns outfit. He said:
“I didn’t see the point in Sam Allardyce going to West Brom. He was brought in for a rescue job, but unless you’re going to bring in six or seven players, there’s not much point. I can’t remember Slaven Bilic getting smashed left right and centre, so it’s an interesting decision.
A few teams need a centre-half, and Steven Caulker is tearing it up in Turkey. Did he lose his way? Of course he did, we all know that, but he has got his life back on track. I think he does a good job at a Premier League team down the bottom, who need to stop conceding goals.
“He has gone to Turkey, turned his life around, he has got experience, and I think he comes in and shores up defences. He’s 29 years old. These managers need players now, they don’t need 19-year-olds. You don’t stick kids into struggling football teams, because it doesn’t help. You need to get experience in.”
Plenty to offer
Caulker was once a top prospect in English football. As part of a Daily Mail piece put together on the 29-year-old back in 2019, former Tottenham coach Anton McElhone said he had the build, as a youngster, that was comparable to Rio Ferdinand, while in the same article it says that the former Manchester United man was the player Caulker was meant to succeed.
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The former Cardiff defender has struggled with mental health issues in the past – something he hasn’t been afraid to share – but he has rebuilt his career in Turkey. In fact, just last November, Dundee manager James McPake said he is a “top, top player” when discussing whether he should play for Scotland at the Euros (Evening Telegraph).
Caulker has played 67 times for his current club, while Alanyaspor are fifth in the Super Lig with the second-best defence in the division (BBC). As West Brom struggle at the wrong end of the table, Caulker could indeed be a fantastic signing for Sam Allaryce and co if he is available and willing to make a move back to England.
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