January is often seen as an important month for teams in the EFL as it allows clubs to bring in fresh faces that can aid them in their aims for the second half of the season, and West Brom are no exception.
The Baggies sit top of the Championship table, and the January transfer window this year seems to be all about Slaven Bilic’s side looking for a new attacker to add to their already impressive ranks, but finding one has been a challenge.
West Brom have been no short of links to exciting names so far this month, from Jarrod Bowen according to The Athletic to The Daily Mail reporting that the Albion are interested in Southampton attacker Che Adams, yet no deal for either or any attacker has yet to come off, but it appears that the most likely one could be Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.
Do West Brom need to spend in January?
Yes, the squad needs that extra something
No, we're sorted for now
The 29-year-old striker was the hero for the Baggies last season as Gayle’s goals fired West Brom into the Championship play-offs, and according to The Daily Mail, the Hawthorns-based side are again keen on bringing the former Crystal Palace star to the club, with Newcastle valuing the attacker at £10m.
Indeed, a homecoming return for last year’s hero would be something plenty of West Brom supporters will love. However, the Baggies themselves could seemingly do better than signing Gayle this month, especially with the report mentioning that the Premier League striker is currently nursing a hamstring injury that could rule him out for up to three weeks.
As stats from Transfermarkt show, Gayle just simply hasn’t played enough football this season with the Magpies, with the 29-year-old forward playing just 178 minutes of first-team action under Steve Bruce, and although the attacker will be welcomed with open arms should he make the return to West Brom, Bilic and his transfer committee can do a lot better than a player majorly lacking in match fitness.