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Kevin Phillips believes that Adolfo Gaich might be a risky transfer for West Brom but given enough time, he could become a “top player”.
Last month, Argentine news outlet TyC Sports reported that San Lorenzo forward Gaich, 21, had emerged on the radar of the Baggies as they seek out new striker additions in the near future.
It is understood that the 6ft 3 striker, who is nicknamed ‘The Tank’, has an £11.9million release clause tied into his contract at San Lorenzo.
Gaich has only made 27 first-team appearances and scored seven goals in his fledgeling career at San Lorenzo but is already a fully capped Argentina international.
Phillips isn’t sure about Gaich’s current goalscoring record but sees him as someone who could be worth a roll of the dice for the Baggies given his age and room for improvement.
“I’ve done a bit of research on him and there’s not a lot to go on but he must be a decent player if he’s played for the Argentina national team,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“He sounds like a target man but when I look at his goal record, it doesn’t look like he’s a prolific goalscorer. Of course, he’s still young though.
“It’s always a slight gamble. We’re assuming West Brom are going to go up and bring someone into the Premier League who’s ready to hit the ground running. I’ve seen it with experienced players coming to the Premier League this season and haven’t done it.
“I’d be very, very wary but you don’t play for the national team in Argentina unless you’ve got something about you.
“Maybe he’ll be an option if they can get him cheap enough. He could be one to develop and bed him in a little bit over time and hopefully, he turns into a top player.”
Argentina are one of the best national teams in the world and even though Gaich only has one cap, which was earned in a friendly, it’s still a huge sign that he is someone with big potential.
Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have all also been linked with the South American target man and they are certainly the clubs that Albion want to be joining in their bid to sign new players.
However it does mean that a deal for Gaich could be very difficult to seal when the Baggies are not established in the Premier League anymore.
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