'Class striker': West Brom fans want Shinji Okazaki snapped up

A fan of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End at The Hawthorns on April 13, 2019 in West Bromwich, England.

Shinji Okazaki is a free agent again after leaving Malaga but could West Bromwich Albion be tempted to bring him to the Championship?

Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea FC at The King Power Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

When Shinji Okazaki arrived in Spain to soak up the Costa del Sol sun, he probably didn’t expect to be a free agent again just a few weeks later.

But, after a bizarre twist of fate, the Leicester City hero has left Segunda outfit Malaga without ever making a single appearance for The Anchovies. There’s something rather fishy going on.

According to the BBC, Malaga terminated Okazaki’s contract when they realised that they couldn’t afford his wages. You’d think they would have checked that before they handed the Japanese international a deal, right?

Either way, Okazaki still has a lot to offer even at the age of 33 and he’d be welcomed back to England with open arms, at least by fans of West Bromwich Albion.

Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City scores their first goal with an overhead kick as Steven Taylor of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City...

With the transfer window shut, The Baggies will have to make do with Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore with doubts persisting about whether the two summer signings are capable of replicating the prolific Jay Rodriguez-Dwight Gayle partnership at The Hawthorns.

Okazaki has never been the most prolific of goalscorers, even in Leicester’s 2016 Premier League title-winning campaign he netted just five, but his tireless work-rate would surely make him an immediate fans favourite at West Brom.

Though, with all due respect to West Bromwich, it's hardly Malaga.

Shinji Okazaki (L) of Leicester City celebrates with teammate Demarai Gray after scoring his team's second goal during The Emirates FA Cup third round match between Tottenham Hotspur and...

 

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