West Brom have announced the signing of Mbaye Diagne from Galatasaray and he could make his Albion debut against Fulham.
Diagne becomes the third recruit under Sam Allardyce and the Albion boss will want his new man to hit the ground running.
The 29-year-old forward has the opportunity to do just that against Fulham on Saturday, according to Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas.
— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) January 29, 2021
On Friday evening, Thomas tweeted, “Announced by West Brom and I’m told Diagne’s registration was submitted in time for him to potentially make an immediate debut against Fulham tomorrow.”
This will come as huge boost for Allardyce as his other forward options have not impressed since he arrived at The Hawthorns.
Karlan Grant is fit and available but he was poor under Slaven Bilic and looked no better against Manchester City as he has very little presence.
Quite the opposite is true for Diagne as the 6ft three-inch attacker offers a presence in the air and he looks like he can handle himself against tough centre backs.
This is something Grant, and many other Albion attackers, can’t do as Big Sam looks to have finally acquired one of his key targets this month.
A debut against Fulham gives Diagne a great chance to hit the ground running, after all, he is already in fantastic goalscoring form.
Imagine what a debut goal will do for his confidence and the confidence of Baggies fans everywhere as the prospect of avoiding relegation becomes ever so slightly more realistic.
Equally, Allardyce may not have a choice but to play his new man if he has been left unimpressed with the striking options he already had.
At least he has the option to play Diagne as we may get a chance to see our new man in action earlier than we thought.
In other West Brom news, this club may have to sell before allowing an Albion target to leave.