As per The Daily Mail, a fresh transfer claim has emerged on what West Bromwich Albion could have planned for January and it involves Swansea City forward Jamie Paterson.
The Lowdown: Baggies struggling for goals…
As highlighted in the past few weeks, it is clear West Brom are ‘struggling’ to convert big chances into goals as manager Valerien Ismael makes admissions to the press (Birmingham Live).
Which forward should West Brom sign?
The Baggies boss is fully aware that his side are somewhat lacking in terms of clinical finishing as the Midlands side fail to notch a single strike in their last three Championship outings.
In that time, West Brom have found the net on just five occasions in their last seven matches as Ismael also confirms that he’s drawn up his list of targets with head of recruitment Ian Pearce (The Express and Star).
Supporters will arguably hoping that list contains a forward as news emerges from The Mail involving Paterson.
The Latest: West Brom ‘eyeing up’ Jan swoop…
The 29-year-old only signed a one-year deal upon his free arrival at the Liberty Stadium over the summer but has taken to life excellently, bagging eight goals and four assists in 20 league games over 2021/2022 as it stands (Transfermarkt).
Paterson’s brilliant run has also alerted Scotland to his presence as national team boss Steve Clarke eyes a possible senior call-up.
The Verdict: Get it done?
If there’s one thing this West Brom side are sorely lacking it’s goals and assists in the final third, and we believe Paterson could be an astute purchase even if he does operate mainly out wide.
Over his senior career, the forward has amassed plenty of experience in the Championship since 2013/2014 whilst also notching a total of 73 goals since his Football League debut in 10/11 (Transfermarkt).
As well as this, Swansea boss Russell Martin has showered Paterson with praise for his exploits this season – calling him an ‘incredible’ player who ‘works so hard’ (BT).
The only caveats to a move may be his age and lack of experience in the top flight, with Paterson not exactly possessing much sell-on value as a 29-year-old.
Meanwhile, as West Brom aim to bounce back to the big time, they could need players who are more adept at that high level.
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