With the pressure growing and the goals hardly flowing, the last thing Kenneth Zohore needed was speculation swirling about a possible return to West Bromwich Albion for Dwight Gayle.
Zohore would have been under no illusions when he arrived at The Hawthorns for £8 million from Cardiff City, as reported by The Telegraph.
Gayle scored 23 goals for The Baggies last season, forming a formidable partnership with Jay Rodriguez and very nearly guiding them back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Zohore, however, has found goals far harder to come by. The Danish international is yet to score from open play in six games for Slaven Bilic’s side with two well taken penalties against Reading and Derby County failing to silence the doubters.
And, according to the Shields Gazette, West Brom are still harbouring hopes that Gayle will return to the Hawthorns sooner rather than later. The Newcastle United striker is still right at the top of their wish list, despite the fact that he will cost somewhere in the region of £15 million.
Now, Gayle is about as proven a goalscorer as you could hope to find at Championship level. He fired Newcastle to the second-tier title back in 2017 and, if West Brom’s defence had been a little tighter, he probably would have repeated the trick in the Midlands during last season’s loan spell.
And with reports emerging suggesting that a return could be on the cards, Zohore is under pressure to awake from his slumber.
Back in the summer of 2017, Zohore plundered his way onto Everton’s radar after scoring 12 goals in 24 games during his breakthrough season at Cardiff City. The former Copenhagen youngster, by the way, was valued at a staggering £30 million, according to the BBC.
Since then, he has managed just 12 further strikes in 61 league games, including a rather meagre tally of nine during Cardiff’s promotion-winning campaign in 2017/18.
If he is to make West Brom forget all about Gayle, he needs to rediscover the form that once made him a £30 million striker and fast.
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