As reported by the Birmingham Mail, West Bromwich Albion’s goals scored to shots on target ratio puts to shame each of the other 91 clubs in the top four divisions of English football. Therefore, reports by the same publication that they remain interested in Odion Ighalo appear all the more confusing.
The Birmingham Mail claims that manager Tony Pulis remains very much interested in Watford’s star man turned misfiring mess despite the huge £17 million price tag hanging over his head. That, by the way, is more than the Baggies have ever paid for a player.
This time last season, Ighalo had fired home 12 Premier League goals, his unique blend of skill and power terrorising top flight defences.
This season, however, that clinical edge has been replaced by an ability to miss the target from any range or angle, his only goal coming against West Ham United in September.
Consequently, the addition of Mauro Zarate means he is now arguably Watford’s fifth choice striker, sixth if Mbaye Niang comes in on loan from AC Milan, which makes a mockery of their monstrous asking price.
The Birmingham Mail adds that Pulis is still hoping to add a defender and a midfielder and a move for Ighalo would pretty much sink their budget in one go.
Pulis may only have two strikers at his disposal, but why would he splurge a club record fee on a player who has been drastically out of form for 12 months?
The Argentine handed in a transfer request after falling out of favour at the King Power Stadium and, due to his excellent aerial ability, would surely suit Pulis’s direct game plan.
He would be much cheaper, too, allowing West Brom to improve their all-round squad.