Karlan Grant, Callum Robinson and Hal Robson-Kanu only have seven Premier League goals between them this season (Transfermarkt), so it’s fair to say West Bromwich Albion aren’t getting the best from their strikers.
The arrival of Mbaye Diagne on a season-long loan from Galatasaray has finally given the Baggies a threat in attack, but Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Albion could benefit from another prolific striker.
He wants to see West Brom make a move for Daniel Sturridge, telling Football Insider: “What better move could there be? He’s a West Midlands lad and they need goals. I think it would be perfect. I hope that can happen and that he can get back to the Premier League because he’s a fantastic player and that’s where he belongs.
“He’s only 31 and he’s still got a lot to offer. Everyone wants to see Sturridge scoring goals and doing that dancing celebration that he does. I think he just wants to play football. I’ve been following his social media recently and he clearly just wants to play.”
Sturridge has been a free agent since March 2020 after being released by Trabzonspor. The 31-year-old scored seven goals and made four assists in 16 games for the Super Lig outfit (Transfermarkt) but spent most of his time in Turkey sidelined with injury.
Nevertheless, he has impressed in the Premier League before, scoring 77 goals and making 29 assists in 218 games, so Albion could do a lot worse than Sturridge. The England international had a short-lived stint with West Brom in the past, so the Hawthorns would be familiar surroundings.
Albion are still able to sign free transfers, so Sturridge could boost their dwindling hopes of survival. Time will tell, however, as the Baggies opted against signing Ahmed Musa amid reports they didn’t have the resources to meet his contract demands, so that might also stop them bringing Sturridge back to the Hawthorns.
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The 31-year-old has scored more top flight goals than Matt Phillips (7), Matheus Pereira (5), Robson-Kanu (5), Kyle Bartley (2), Conor Gallagher (2), Callum Robinson (2), Semi Ajayi (2), Jake Livermore (2), Mbaye Diagne (1), Grady Diangana (1), Karlan Grant (1), Darnell Furlong (1) combined (30) too (Transfermarkt), so he’d certainly an improvement.
Whether they can afford Sturridge remains to be seen, however.