West Brom, Sheffield United and a host of Premier League clubs are scouting free-scoring Toulouse striker Rhys Healey ahead of the January transfer window, as reported by TEAMtalk.
When asked earlier this week if the Baggies had enough firepower to keep pace with Bournemouth and Fulham at the top of the Championship table, the under-pressure Valerien Ismael could hardly have been any more effusive.
“Yes, for sure,” said the former Barnsley boss, via the Birmingham Mail.
“When you look at the names of the front players we have got – they are all able to score over 10 goals. They have shown that in the past.”
The past and the present, however, are two very different things.
A series of missed chances during Tuesday’s goalless draw with Blackpool – the fifth time that West Brom have failed to trouble the scoreboard under Ismael – will have done little to ease the fears on the Hawthorns terraces as the Baggies continue to go from ‘automatic promotion contenders’ to ‘best of the rest’.
Will Rhys Healey join West Brom in January?
Former MK Dons frontman Healey, then, would be welcomed with open arms in January. The Manchester-born 26-year-old has scored 11 times in 15 games this term, firing Toulouse to the top of the Ligue 2 table.
TEAMtalk claim that West Brom, along with Sheffield United, Burnley, Brighton, Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City, sent scouts to watch Healey during Toulouse’s 4-1 thrashing of Sochaux last weekend.
And Healey, who scored all four of Toulouse’s goals that day, certainly would have left a lasting impression.
“They tell me I look like Jamie Vardy, my role model,” said the Manchester-born striker recently, highlighting the stylistic similarities between himself and Leicester City’s evergreen number nine (La Depeche).
“He can do everything! He’s a fighter, he’s skilful, he moves well, he has good heading ability,” adds Toulouse manager Philippe Montanier, via MaLigue2.
“He is complete, and he is a very endearing boy.”