Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson suggests that West Brom should try to sign Steven Caulker to boost their survival bid.

The defender has had a rollercoaster of a career that now sees him plying his trade for Turkish outfit Alanyaspor, where he has impressed Merson.

Sam Allardyce is believed to be interested in adding a centre-back to the squad, and Caulker ticks the right boxes according to the former Arsenal midfielder.

In his Sky Sports column Merson touched on the 29-year-old when giving his view on West Brom’s decision to appoint Big Sam, writing, “Steven Caulker is tearing it up in Turkey. Did he lose his way? Of course he did, we all know that, but he has got his life back on track.

“I think he does a good job at a Premier League team down the bottom, who need to stop conceding goals.

“He has gone to Turkey, turned his life around, he has got experience, and I think he comes in and shores up defences.

“These managers need players now, they don’t need 19-year-olds. You don’t stick kids into struggling football teams, because it doesn’t help. You need to get experience in.”

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Albion should steer clear

Merson’s comments are on the right lines, but he is a little misguided in his view.

We are desperate for a new body at the back considering our defensive record has plummeted since Allardyce took charge.

He is also right to suggest now is the time for experienced players, and although Caulker fits into that category, he would simply be too risky an option at this stage.

It has been five years since he played in the Premier League, with his last regular stint coming in 2014/15, where his 35 appearances couldn’t prevent QPR from relegation.

That is not a good sign for the Albion – the last thing we need is another Branislav Ivanovic entering the building.

As a result, Big Sam must ignore Merson and pay attention to targets like Mamadou Sakho, or Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori who is available for loan.

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