By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Oct, 2021 | 12:51pm

Ally Robertson: West Brom need a striker in January

West Brom have only lost one Championship game so far in 2021-22, winning six and drawing four as they look to secure an instant return to the top-flight.

Only Fulham (23) and Queen Park Rangers (22) have scored more than they have (20), but the general consensus is that the Baggies need to improve in the final third to keep their automatic promotion chances alive.

West Brom legend Ally Robertson has urged the club to bring a lethal finisher to The Hawthorns when the winter transfer window opens, insisting it would come in handy.

“I’d like to see us making a couple of additions in January,” Robertson told Express and Star.

“If we could buy a couple then great. But we don’t seem to be spending fees so it might be a case of bringing a few in on loan just to improve the squad a little bit and add a bit of strength in depth.

“I think we do need a striker. Callum Robinson has done well and Karlan Grant has found his form recently which was great to see.

“But I think we need another option in that central striker role.

“Look at the Millwall and Derby games for example, they couldn’t have been happier leaving The Hawthorns with a point.

“We need someone who is clinical in the box. Defensively we look good. We are very organised. Teams aren’t creating many chances against us.

“The defensive side of things is right. I just think we could do with a little more up top – a natural goalscorer. But, of course, those players aren’t easy to find.”

Necessary

Valerien Ismael’s men have drawn blank in front of goal just twice this term, but there is no denying that they could do with more improvement in the final third.

The attacking trio of Grant, Robinson and Matt Phillips have scored 10 goals between them, while Alex Mowatt has chipped in with three goals from midfield.

However, West Brom cannot solely rely on them alone if they are indeed serious about returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Getting a quality finisher mid-way through the season could prove to be difficult, but there would be a couple of top-flight strikers keen to play regularly heading into the second-half of the campaign, and the Baggies need to pick one suitable for their style.

They host Birmingham City on Friday after returning from the international break, and they need to clinch a win after losing to Stoke City last time out.

In other West Brom news, English striker has revealed that he came very close to Baggies move last summer.

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