West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael has admitted he already knows what he needs in the January transfer window, amid the Baggies’ hopes to return to the Premier League on first request.
The West Midlands side have started their season respectably despite criticism of their straightforward playing style, losing two of their last three games but remaining unbeaten in their opening 10 games of the league campaign.
This early-season run has kept them in the race for automatic promotion despite dropping the top two following their midweek loss to Swansea City – and they hope to build on their progress under Ismael’s leadership during the course. the next few months.
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While they’ve held up well to injury so far, with the Baggies deciding to tie Kean Bryan to a contract in September amid a center-back injury crisis, there are a few positions they’ll want. perhaps tackle in their attempt to strengthen further and help solidify their place in the top six.
Considering their central midfielder consists of third choice Jayson Molumby and winger Robert Snodgrass for today’s clash against Bristol City, in the absence of Jake Livermore and Alex Mowatt this could be the point departure from Ismael for January.
Keep silent on the areas he wanted to address while addressing the Express and star, the West Brom manager said: “The January window is always tough because you have to take players who are making an impact right away.
“You don’t have time to waste, you play.
“We already have our ID, the only question is whether we can find out in January.
“We already know what we need and the games have helped us get a clear picture of where we are and where we want to go to create the clear picture we see of West Bromwich Albion.”
Many West Brom fans would probably want another wide man to come with Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson able to play at center, but do they have a man who can score 20 goals this season and lead them to a promotion?
Grant might be able to do it if he can continue in the same vein, but Daryl Dike would be the perfect signing for the Baggies, even if he only joins them on loan for half a season like he did at Barnsley.
The USA international had a huge impact at Oakwell during his relatively short time there, so he’s someone they should be watching. Ismael stressed the importance of any January additions that have an immediate impact – and Dike could do so having adjusted to the Frenchman’s system in the past.
And as mentioned before, a natural central midfielder to rival Molumby, Livermore and Mowatt could come in handy, especially given how important this position is to the current second tier squad system.
There is, however, no real surgery required on their starting training. Depth will be the only thing they will have to deal with unless there is a real crisis by January.