By Daniel Feliciano

1st Jan, 2022 | 11:10am

'In a perfect world...' - Valerien Ismael comments on Daryl Dike West Brom transfer rumours

West Brom manager Valerien Ismael has commented on rumours that the club are looking to sign Daryl Dike during the January transfer window.

The Baggies currently sit in fourth place in the Championship table, with just two wins in their last eight games and losing ground in the race for automatic promotion.

With just 30 goals scored in 24 games so far this season, West Brom have been desperately linked with a striker and one name that consistently pops up is Orlando City striker Daryl Dike.

Dike and Ismael spent last season together at Barnsley and Ismael finally commented on the rumours that they could be reunited at the Hawthorns this winter while speaking during his press conference [Birmingham Mail].

“I know him from last season at Barnsley, but I can’t comment on any names,” he said. “We do our job behind the scenes, we work on our list and we have a clear picture. We have a priority. We must get the first job done.

“In a perfect picture, in a perfect world, it’s good when you can get the player as quick as possible. Our job now is to understand what we want and get what we want as quick as possible, the window is open and then we must work intensely to get what we want.”

Needed

It goes without saying that West Brom need a striker this month, and Dike seemingly fits the bill.

He got nine goals for Barnsley last season as they reached the playoffs under Ismael, but he played the role that the manager asked him to absolutely perfectly.

This season the Baggies need a traditional striker to lead the line, with Karlan Grant currently the top scorer with nine goals. This is way behind the division’s top scorers Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dominic Solanke and Ben Brereton-Diaz who all have hit more than double that amount while playing for their promotion rivals.

Defensively West Brom are fine, having the best record for goals conceded in the league but their lack of cutting edge in front of goal is a real problem when it comes to breaking teams down.

The 21-year-old is a powerful runner with the ball, a good finisher and an aerial threat and that combined with the wide players the Baggies already have will only open up more opportunities for goals to be scored.

In other West Brom news, Jake Livermore reveals his wish for the January transfer window.