£7m down the drain: Dowling has let West Brom down massively with £50k-per-week flop – opinion

£7m down the drain: Dowling has let West Brom down massively with £50k-per-week flop – opinion

Whilst West Brom make additions in the transfer market, there could yet be departures as we embark towards deadline day on Monday night…

What’s the word?

One Baggies player linked with an exit from the Hawthorns is Charlie Austin, who has been tipped as a potential target for Championship outfit Derby County.

According to DerbyshireLive chief football writer Steve Nicholson, it “would not come as a surprise” if the Rams had asked about the 31-year-old striker this window.

It appears that Austin has been transfer-listed in the Midlands with the Express & Star’s Joseph Masi also bringing up Derby’s name earlier this week.

Panic gamble

The veteran forward hasn’t been named in any of Albion’s last two matchday squads in the Premier League and only played five minutes during their Carabao Cup defeat to Brentford.

Slaven Bilic signed the former Saints man on deadline day last summer for £4m with him thought to be raking in a whopping £50k-per-week as their highest earner last season.

It means the Baggies have spent around £7m in total on him as of this week – all for him to barely feature due to fitness troubles and a year on, is heading towards the exit door.

Austin bagged ten goals last season but could only start 18 matches in the Championship, where he averaged only 0.8 aerials won and 1.6 shots per game, via WhoScored.

It’s no wonder that Bilic is looking elsewhere for a striker this month.

Bringing him in so late last season certainly now seems to be a move of pure panic and desperation in hindsight, at least if Albion secure Karlan Grant, then it’s a player that they have been tracking for quite some time.

Luke Dowling can’t afford to make another catastrophic mistake in the striker position.

AND in other news, West Brom colossus had a monstrous game against Chelsea

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