Before Charlie Austin arrived on loan from Southampton in the final few hours of transfer deadline day, Baggies fans were understandably worried that they would have to fight for a place in the top six with only Kenneth Zohore and the goal-shy Hal Robson-Kanu in attack.
After all, West Brom lost Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle, who contributed over 40 league goals last season between them last season. But an ambitious bid to land Dutch international Dost always looked likely to fail.
The 30-year-old will once again by playing European football for Sporting in the months ahead while fighting to end The Lions’ 18-year wait for Primeira Liga glory. An old-school penalty box poacher, Dost has scored a scarcely believable 93 goals in 123 games during three years at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, including 23 in 33 last season.
With all due respect to West Brom, its not difficult to understand why Dost had no interest in playing Championship football at The Hawthorns.
At least Slaven Bilic managed to get one Sporting star to sign on the dotted line, landing Brazilian winger Matheus Pereira on an initial season-long loan. But the Croatian coach will be desperately hoping that Austin can build on his first West Brom goal against Millwall in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup defeat.
Austin is key to their hopes of a return to the Promised Land.
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