It’s been a strange old start to life in the Championship for the Baggies. A barnstorming start saw us top of the pile early doors and even though we were shaky at the back, we were scoring goals for fun and we looked like putting three/four goals past every team we came up against. However, the opposition quickly worked out that the best way to peg us back was to put our three man defence under pressure and force them into mistakes. An injury to top goal scorer Dwight Gayle hasn’t helped either and the combination of the two has seen the club lose three from the last four matches which in turn has seen us slip into seventh spot in the table.
Now Moore has already confirmed he is looking to do some business in the January transfer window and the recent introduction of Ian Pearce to the recruitment/scouting team seems to indicate that the club are willing to back him and allow him to strengthen where he deems fit. Baring this in mind I have outlined four players who I feel would seriously strengthen us in areas where we have been found wanting of late, four players who have the potential to turn us into serious title contenders if brought in. Have a look through the slideshow and let me know what you think of my selections. Would you like to see any of the four brought in or should we be looking at better?
James Tavernier (Age 27) – Right Back – Glasgow Rangers
I for one was hugely disappointed that the club couldn’t secure a deal for Tavernier in the last transfer window. The attack minded right back is a fan favourite at Ibrox and if you were to watch him perform it’s easy to see why. His all action displays see him bombing up and down the right side of the pitch, defending resolutely as well as causing plenty of problems in attack also. He scores and assists plenty and is adept at set pieces as well. Moore is obviously a big fan and I really hope a deal can be done in January as we are in desperate need of a ‘specialist’ right-back and Tavernier fits the bill to a tee.
Barry Bannan (Age 28) – Central Midfielder – Sheffield Wednesday
For me, Bannan is easily one of the best central midfielders in the division. What we’ve really lacked so far this season is one of the central midfield pairing having that ability to create at the business end of the pitch. There’s plenty of graft in the middle but no-one that can get hold of the ball and do some serious damage in the final third. Bannan does exactly that for Wednesday, looking to get onto the ball at every opportunity to try and dictate the play and get the attack into the mix as quickly as possible. If we were able to bring him in I reckon he’d have a major impact on the team.
Scott McKenna (Age 21) – Central Defender – Aberdeen
It was rumoured that the club had scouted McKenna in Aberdeen’s recent cup semi-final victory against Glasgow Rangers (as well as keeping tabs on Tavernier) and I for one hope there is some truth behind those rumours. McKenna is only twenty one years of age but is already a regular for the Scotland national side and is being regularly linked with moves away to ‘bigger fish’ due to performances you’d expected from a much wiser, experienced head. He’s adept at bringing the ball out of defence also, something that’s been a major issue for our current crop of central defenders.
Nick Powell (Age 24) – Attacking Midfielder – Wigan
After a blistering start, youngster Harvey Barnes has gone off the boil of late which in turn has meant the ammunition to our strikers has dried up. We need another player of similar ilk to Barnes and Powell fits the bill. The playmaker has continued his fine form from last season and taken to the Championship like a duck to water. The attacking midfielder has also recently turned down the offer of a new contract and looks set on moving away from the club in the January transfer window. The Baggies would be foolish in my opinion if they didn’t make an offer for his services.