Tifo Football have identified two strikers from abroad that the Baggies should look to purchase this summer, as featured in the Athletic.
It’s no secret that West Brom have a serious lack of firepower upfront, and this almost cost them promotion towards the end of the season, with the team having to rely on their wingers and attacking midfielders to score their goals.
Charlie Austin, Kenneth Zohore and Hal Robson-Kanu all struggled in the Championship and will most likely fail to make much of an impact in the Premier League this season.
Zohore has even been placed on the transfer list after he scored just three goals in Albion’s 2019/20 Championship campaign — all of which came from the penalty spot.
As a result, the club are set to focus heavily on bringing in a top striker or two, but will have to box clever due to the relatively low transfer budget of £20m — much of this money needs to be spent improving other areas of the team as well.
Fenerbahce’s Vedat Muriqi has been linked with a move to the Hawthorns but with a price tag of €18m (£16.2m), the deal looks rather unlikely to happen — especially now that Lazio are keen on the 26-year-old.
With that said, these are the two strikers that Tifo Football suggest the Albion should look into.
#1 Roman YaremchukEmbed from Getty Images
Roman Yaremchuk is a 24-year-old striker who currently plays for KAA Gent in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League.
Yaremchuk scored 17 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions, including three in the Europa League and four in the Europa League Qualifiers.
The 6’2 forward also represents his country, Ukraine, having played 12 matches since making his debut in September 2018, scoring five goals.
He was developed in Dynamo Kyiv’s youth academy, progressing through the U-17 and U-19 sides before being promoted to the senior squad in 2015.
However, his time with Dynamo Kyiv was one to forget, as he featured in 11 games for the club but failed to score once, which led to his switch to KAA Gent in 2017 for £1.8m.
It was here in Belgium that he revitalised his career: in total, since joining, Yaremchuk has bagged 38 goals and provided ten assists in 109 matches.
Roman Yaremchuk could be an affordable, yet effective, striker to bring in this summer, and at 24, he still has room to grow before he reaches his peak, and Bilic could be the ideal coach to guide him in the right direction.