Former player urges West Brom to retain 12-goal striker if regraded

Former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips has urged the membership to retain a maintain in January to recruit Mbaye Diagne if the Baggies are launched from the Premier League.

The Senegalese striker, 29, is at the moment on loan from Galatasaray till the end of the season.

He netted 11 occasions within the first half of the marketing campaign for the Turkish outfit earlier than scoring his first goal for West Brom within the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Valentine’s Day.

Assessing his 5 outings, it’s clear that Diange nonetheless praises the English however followers nonetheless hope he could be a very important cog of their quest for survival.

Sam Allardyce’s side is at the moment nineteenth within the table, some 11 points from security. With solely 13 video games to go, it’s going to take an enormous effort for the Hawthorns outfit to keep away from the collapse however even when they do not, Phillips said the membership ought to do what they will to tie Diagne to a everlasting deal.

“From what I’ve seen up to now, it is not set on hearth however there’s positively a player there from what I can see,” he instructed West Brom News.

“When you could have a player in your side like that, it is fairly apparent what sort of manner you’ll want to play to play to its strengths.

“It has accomplished well and I believe it’s enhancing. Is he going to have the ability to do sufficient to maintain them within the league?

“I do not assume so but when they go down, they might take a look at conserving him there for subsequent season to try to assist them get back up. Within the Championship it will likely be a handful.

“I’ve seen some constructive indicators from him, let me put them that manner and I believe the goal will assist him too.”

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Numerous positives

Phillips, who scored 46 goals in 81 video games for the Baggies between 2006 and 2008, outlined the great points of Diagne’s sport.

“It is a handful,” the 47-year-old added. “He took his goal (against Manchester United) very well and I believe you noticed within the sport earlier than (against Tottenham) the place a pair have been denied.

“The nice factor is that he seems to be robust, highly effective and you possibly can play as much as him. He catches the ball, he is not the fastest player within the world however he works his socks off. ”

Diagne’s loan deal, the sixth of his career, expires on the end of June.

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