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Albion Outlook: West Brom fans have their say on Liverpool and transfer targets

By Nathan Judah | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Take a look at our weekly Albion outlook, where Baggies fans give their say on all the happenings at West Brom.

Albion Outlook

Sarah Rudge, 24, Wolverhampton

With only one goal scored between them since the the turn of the year, it’s highly important that we bring in at least one or two strikers in the summer to help ease the burden on Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu.

There have been rumours of interest in Troy Deeney, however, one thing we are missing which he isn’t blessed with is raw pace.

A striker that we may be capable of acquiring the services of, if we offer a sizeable amount of money, is Josh King at Bournemouth. At only 25 years of age, he is still young and he is quick and adept at outpacing defenders.

He has scored 13 league goals this season in a struggling Bournemouth side, which is a pretty impressive return, and he may be the perfect foil for Rondon or Robson-Kanu to work alongside.

Other options are available with Jermain Defoe stating he will need to leave Sunderland if they are to be relegated.

Undoubtedly, he is in the twilight of his career but if we are hoping to obtain a natural goalscorer there are few better in the league than the 34-year-old.

Pat Frost, 51, Telford

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A few years ago, I was probably moaning about the joys of the Championship – playing on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

So, I’m not sure I should be moaning about not scoring and then losing at home to one of the biggest clubs in Europe, especially as we’re having such a good season.

It’s pretty tough to watch at the moment. All the so-called experts and our head coach will tell us we’re lucky to be where we are, how tough it is to compete, and how hard it is to break into the top seven. As fans, I don’t suppose we are ever satisfied. We always want more.

I love Hal Robson Kanu. I love his song and I love the effort he puts in. However, when he was on his own up front against Liverpool, I’m not sure we were ever going to win. It was a poor game from Chadli, Fletcher and Dawson, which were all factors in the defeat.

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We still have some tough games to come. It would be great to finish eighth, and two more wins might just do it.

John Terry has been linked with a move. For one season, it’s a no-brainer for me.

Pat Chappel, 35, Shifnal

It was great to hear TP talking about the introduction of the youngsters for the final five games of the season. Leko, Wilson and especially Field are the future of the club and need to be integrated into the team ASAP. Unfortunately it seems like our season has kinda petered out a little. I think a mixture of the top seven not looking like being caught and fatigue have set in. Remember we run an extremely tight ship and these players are probably starting to get to the end of their physical abilities. What we shouldn't do is let this detract from the excellent season we have had. Stability and a slow progress has us looking forward to the summer with anticipation rather than trepidation. Don't waste it WBA!

Mark Mansell, Norwich 44

As I arrived on Easter Sunday with my nine-year-old lad, I realised that it had been exactly one year since we last came to The Hawthorns, when we missed two penalties against Watford.

Much like that game, this was a game of missed opportunities. The difference between success and failure in this league as thin as Jeremy Corbyn’s chances of being elected Prime Minister.

In recent weeks we haven’t been as clinical and our results have suffered. The glaringly obvious being that as back-up to Rondon we need greater strength in the forward position. Robson-Kanu has exceeded as a substitute but as a starter his weakest points shine through.

The depressing truth, however, is that we need quality improvement throughout the squad. While I’ve been delighted at our results this year and by some of the performances, we’re unlikely to break the top six or seven anytime soon. A cup run next year must be a priority. But we cannot subscribe to a small squad again next year. In this area Pulis must be flexible to that philosophy.

Lewis Doody, 27, Claverly

Ideally next season we need to be looking at a target man. But one who's hopefully got Peter Odemwingie's goal scoring touch. Let's be honest Pulis will only play one striker up front. He does it every single game so we don't really need multiple strikers, just one really good goal-scoring target man. I'd push the boat out for Troy Deeney. But I do think Jay Rodriguez will be our first signing of the season.

Nathan Judah

By Nathan Judah
@njudah_star

Digital Sports Editor for the Express & Star and Shropshire Star

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