Karlan Grant could make his West Brom debut against Burnley on Monday night ‘despite a lack of match practice’ according to The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley.
Grant looks set to sign for the Baggies from Huddersfield with the 23-year-old striker reportedly set to have a medical with West Brom on Thursday.
Now the Athletic have reported that the English forward could make his Baggies debut as soon as Monday’s Premier League game against Burnley.
There could be concerns over Grant’s fitness, as he hasn’t played a minute of football this season, due to the ongoing transfer saga, but the report says ‘despite a lack of match practice’ Grant ‘could be handed an immediate debut against Burnley’.
The Albion are currently experiencing a striker crisis. Hal Robson-Kanu is out injured with a broken arm and Callum Robinson is likely to miss the Burnley game due to isolating after coming into close contact with someone who has tested positive for CVOID-19.
This leaves Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore as the only first-team strikers on the books, but they are both expected to leave the Hawthorns before Friday’s transfer deadline.
This would leave Slaven Bilic no other option but to throw Grant in at the deep end for his first outing in the colours of West Brom. No doubt Grant will be relishing the chance to play not just football, but top-flight football, for the first time in a while and he will want to get his Baggies career off to a winning start.
Grant will also presumably have to play the full 90 minutes as there is no-one to replace him unless Bilic decides to play one of his wingers up-front. This is a big ask for a man who hasn’t played football for three months, but again, Bilic may have no choice at this stage.
Whatever happens, it will be good to finally see Grant in a West Brom shirt following the longest and most frustrating transfer saga of the summer. Let’s hope he gets off to a good start and helps the Baggies to their first win of the season on Monday night.
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