West Brom should not be targeting a winger in the January transfer window, but a playmaking midfielder instead

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

West Brom have been linked with Demarai Gray of Birmingham City.

According to the Daily Mail, West Brom are hoping to sign Demarai Gray in the January transfer window, as Tony Pulis is not happy with his wing options at the Hawthorns club.

However, the wing positions are not those that need strengthening for West Brom, and it should be that Pulis is looking towards signing a central midfielder in the January transfer window instead.

The Baggies squad is currently a strange mix of players, with a selection of impressive wingers lining up in the midfield positions alongside two very defensive players.

Claudio Yacob, Darren Fletcher and Craig Gardner often take those central roles, and whilst good at breaking up play and holding possession, none of the three options possess any kind of playmaking or attacking skills.

This is the area that Pulis needs to improve in his squad in January, as for all the talent he has signed for the wide areas, there are few players able to create chances for them or play balls for them to run on to.

Only one defensive midfielder would be needed in Pulis’ tactical set-up, and if a creative midfielder could be signed, then the manager would be able to name a much more well-rounded XI.

Pulis may think a winger would fix all the issues in his squad, but it is the lack of a playmaker which is truly costing his side - and the issue which must be resolved in the January transfer window.

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