West Brom dealt big transfer blow ahead of January, Ismael will be gutted - opinion
Ismael will be disappointed to learn that Wayne Rooney has no intentions of letting Tom Lawrence go in the January transfer window.Fulham and Bournemouth have gone out with quite a stretch with West Brom nine points off the top of the table right now, and eight points off the runner up position. Both spots offer promotion to the Premier League next season and Valerien Ismael will be doing everything he can to close the gap between the clubs and challenge for automatic positions for top-flight football to avoid playoffs.
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It is no secret that West Brom have every intention of taking advantage of the upcoming January transfer window, but there is now one reported target that the Baggies have been speculated to sign who could be off the cards, after Dwight Gayle’s new manager Eddie Howe spoke out about the player this week.
What’s the story?
The Newcastle United striker has been said to have “an important role” at the club according to Howe, which will likely flatten the chances of Valerien Ismael being able to tempt the 32-year-old away from Tyneside.
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West Bromwich Albion played out a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest on Friday evening with frustration from the stands clear to all at the final whistle. The Baggies are winless in their last four and could end the weekend ten points off of the automatic promotion places. It is not time to panic at The […]The Baggies are winless in their last four and could end the weekend ten points off of the automatic promotion places. It is not time to panic at The Hawthorns but the way that Fulham and Bournemouth are leaving them behind is clearly a concern for the home faithful.
The Magpies boss spoke to Chronicle Live about Gayle’s future with the club, saying: “What I have seen is someone who can certainly score goals, is a brilliant finisher. So Dwight will have an important role.
“He’s very well respected by the group and a well-liked member of the team. I’m going to enjoy working with him, for sure.”
These kind of numbers are exactly what West Brom are looking to add to their side as they head into the second half of the season, as they have struggled to score and finish their many chances over the last few months in the Championship, leading to a seven-point gap from table toppers Fulham currently.
These comments from Howe come after Albion continue to be heavily linked with securing the signature of the £40k-p/w striker, who proved to be a prolific scorer in the Championship during the 2016/17 season, when he scored 23 goals and claimed four assists in just 34 appearances for Newcastle.
"A huge admission" - Journo makes big Ismael claim that should leave WBA fans buzzing - opinion
A journalist has speculated the sacking of West Bromwich Albion manager, Valerien Ismael, could be as soon as Christmas if results don't start to pick up.Ismael is suffering a poor run of form that has seen West Brom struggle to score and failing to register enough wins to close the gap on Fulham and Bournemouth who currently sit in the automatic promotion spots at the top of the table, whilst West Brom trail behind in third.
What are WBA’s chances of getting Gayle?
West Brom fans could be gutted to hear that Dwight Gayle may not make a return to the club, as many have taken to social media to discuss the highly-speculated move.
When The Baggies Podcast asked on Twitter if fans would like to see Gayle back at The Hawthorns, the response was unanimously positive. One fan replied; “Yep, don’t even have to think about it! Natural poacher who can’t get a game at Newcastle. Bring him home!!”
However, with Howe’s comments suggesting that he still sees the striker as an integral part of the squad on Tyneside, those Baggies fans wanting Gayle back in the Midlands could be left gutted as their hopes of a reunion appear dashed.
Despite the Magpies manager’s verdict on the 32-year-old, though, there is every chance that Newcastle could sign another striker in the January transfer window, thanks to their mega-money takeover.
Forget Grady: Val must ruthlessly axe "intelligent" £18k-p/w WBA dud, he’s a liability - opinion
West Brom manager Valerien Ismael must drop Callum Robinson for their match against Coventry.In terms of which players Baggies boss Valerien Ismael could select in his starting XI to take on Coventry after securing two consecutive 0-0 draws against Blackpool and Nottingham Forest, one figure that started in the game against Forest that should not be in the team at the weekend is £18k-per-week Callum Robinson.
Gayle doesn’t get much game-time for the Magpies, as Callum Wilson continues to thrive in the centre-forward role for the club, meaning that the temptation to get regular first team football with West Brom could actually be a way for Ismael to secure the 32-year-old’s signature in January.
Either way, the Baggies must find a reliable striker in the upcoming transfer window if Albion want to catch up with Bournemouth and Fulham to secure automatic promotion back into the Premier League next season.
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