After Daryl Dike picked up a thigh injury, Steve Bruce was left with Karlan Grant in attack who has been guilty of spurning opportunities, so he wanted a prolific centre-forward to turn West Brom’s draws into wins.
Callum Robinson and Kenneth Zohore don’t have their manager’s trust to lead the line, so Bruce has little choice but to dip in the transfer market. Thomas-Asante knows where the back of the net is too.
The 23-year-old, who is able to play out wide and through the middle, has scored 30 goals with 13 assists from 125 games at Salford (2019-2022) and is coming off the back of nine goals from his last 17 league appearances.
Thomas-Asante has a day to train before Friday’s meeting with Burnley, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be thrown into the mix. With West Brom’s next game being eight days after Burnley, Bruce might want to see the 23-year-old rather than have to wait so long.