By Danny Wright

17th Oct, 2019 | 2:17pm

Robson-Kanu close to new West Brom deal

West Brom are close to agreeing a new contract with striker Hal Robson-Kanu, according to the Express & Star.

The newspaper claims that the 30-year-old is set to sign a 12-month extension to his contract, which is currently set to expire at the end of this season.

Robson-Kanu has made 99 appearances in all competitions since he joined West Brom on a free transfer in August 2016 but has largely failed to convince supporters that he is good enough to be a regular member of the first-team squad.

The ex-Reading forward is on the verge of his 100th appearance for the Baggies but in that time he has still only managed to score nine goals and supply two assists, so it is clear to see why there might be some fans who are not happy with the Welshman getting a new deal.

Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore appear to be above Robson-Kanu in Slaven Bilic’s pecking order at the moment but the 44-times Wales international has still managed to make five league appearances this season, with four of them coming off the bench.

According to stats by WhoScored, Robson-Kanu has only averaged 1.8 shots at goal per 90 minutes of league action this season, which ranks him eighth in West Brom’s squad.

He also ranks first at The Hawthorns for the number of average unsuccessful touches per 90 minutes [5.3], as well as being dispossessed more times on average than any other player [4.1].

West Brom fans have every right to be disgruntled by this news.

In other West Brom news, Middlesbrough have been dealt with an injury to one of their strikers ahead of Saturday’s match.