By Jack Cunningham

3rd Dec, 2021 | 4:10pm

Steve Madeley makes West Brom budget suggestion ahead of January

Steve Madeley believes that West Brom will hand Valerien Ismael a limited transfer budget to use in January.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Madeley discussed the Frenchman’s future in detail amid growing frustration from the fans.

The Baggies started the season well, but they have only scored two goals in their last six games, and things are starting to slide with the top two pulling further and further ahead.

Therefore, Madeley believes that the Baggies need another striker, but it appears as if the board won’t be handing Ismael too much to spend.

He said: “Ismael has insisted he has the requisite firepower in the squad but, with transfer funds again likely to be limited again in January, he was never likely to say anything else.”

The problems continue.

If this suggestion turns out to be true, the board are leaving Ismael without the tools he needs to turn the Baggies into genuine promotion contenders.

Ultimately, he can do whatever he wants on the training pitch, but if his strikers and other forwards can’t put the ball in the back of the net, then what hope does he have?

Therefore, a new striker in January is essential for the Baggies, but it appears that whoever comes in might have to be a loan or a very cheap signing.

In the summer, West Brom didn’t spend a penny, and it seems very likely that the same could happen again in January [transfermarkt].

This would be very unfair on Ismael, who needs to be able to bring in a striker who can get him the goals.

If the board don’t back him, you could argue they are setting him up to fail, and that could be a disaster for the Frenchman and the Baggies’ promotion hopes.

In other West Brom news, Jonathan Greening has had his say on Ismael’s future.

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