According to Wales Online, West Bromwich Albion are still looking to add to their attacking options. And they have identified Middlesbrough target man Uche Ikpeazu as a possible alternative.
The six-foot-three-inch striker has only scored twice for Boro in the Championship this season. And he hasn’t even been in Chris Wilder’s squad for the previous two league games. The most recent of which was against Blackburn on Monday.
The 26-year-old has had a tumultuous career. With six loan spells from Watford followed by four permanent moves across England and Scotland. And he could be due for yet another change of scenery.
Why are West Bromwich so keen to sign the player?
Boro, on the other hand, want him to depart permanently and have set a price of £750,000. Which West Bromwich are unwilling to pay, preferring instead to pursue a loan deal. Quite a handful. His goal-scoring record isn’t particularly impressive, but his greatest strength isn’t in finding the back of the net.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s still capable of scoring a goal if given the opportunity, but he shines in physical battles with his opponent.
In the Scottish Sun, his previous boss at Cambridge United, Shaun Derry, gushed over the 26-year-old stating
“If you looked at Uch and guessed his attributes you wouldn’t say he was a skilful player.”
Since his first loan transfer to Crewe Alexandra, Ikpeazu’s propensity to bully opponents has been evident, and he has caused concern among the greatest central defenders in the game.
Bringing the Ugandan to West Bromwich would be a wise move by Valerien Ismael, as someone who generates as much defensive mayhem in the opposition as he does could open doors for others.
The current crop of Baggies attackers is among the best in the division, and Ikpeazu might occupy enough defenders to allow them to penetrate acres of space.
Even though the team recently signed Daryl Dike, no defender wants to play against him.
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