One of the newest names to be linked with West Brom this summer is that of Union Berlin striker Sebastian Andersson.
According to German outlet Kicker, the Baggies are keeping tabs on the 28-year-old Sweden international, who has hit 13 goals in 36 appearances this season.
It is also suggested that Leeds United and Brentford are interested in the forward, with Albion willing to do battle to activate his release clause – believed to be worth a reasonable seven-figure fee.
But would Andersson be worth the investment, and what could he offer the Baggies?
Standing at 6’2″, he is a physical presence, and won 46.2% of his 493 aerial duels this season, as per Wyscout.
As a point of reference, Charlie Austin has win 24.8% of his 105 aerial duels in 2019/20.
But Andersson is more than just a target man.
His dribble success rate is also 19.2% higher than Austin’s, and his shot accuracy is 12.7% better.
Ultimately, however, you want your striker it to be able to score goals – and Andersson has no issues in that sense.
Above is an image taken from the build-up to strike against Wolfsburg earlier this season.
Berlin have a free-kick some distance out, and Andersson is the player in red nearest the camera.
There is a real tussle going on, but the striker is wily enough to take a couple of knocks before slipping his man completely – receiving an elbow to the back of the head for his troubles.
That willingness to embrace some physicality deserves a fair amount of credit, and suggests that Andersson would be well-suited to the cut and thrust of English football.
What it really means, however, is that Andersson is able to get goal-side of his defender.
As soon as a marker relinquishes his position goal-side of the attacker, he is in trouble.
And so it proves here.
Andersson still has a lot left to do, even after he has stolen a march on his marker.
The most obvious threat at this stage is the onrushing goalkeeper, who looks dead set on clattering the striker.
In that situation, a lot of players would flinch or fluff their lines.
But Andersson once again shows us his considerable bravery by throwing himself into the challenge, winning the header, and reaping the rewards.
Is he going to hit 30 goals in the Premier League next season? Probably not.
But there’s a lot to be said for having a gutsy battering ram in your arsenal as well, and Andersson looks to be the real deal in that regard.
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