Allardyce told to boost West Brom attack with swoop for ex-Liverpool star

Date published: Wednesday 6th January 2021 10:45 - Dave Tindall

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll could be a target for West Brom as Sam Allardyce looks to increase the Baggies’ attacking threat.

West Brom have scored just 11 times in their 17 Premier League matches so far.

And that’s a big reason why they’ve picked up just eight points. It leaves them second bottom and six points from safety.

Since Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic as boss, the Hawthorns outfit have managed just a single goal in four matches.

And his problems have been exacerbated by Karlan Grant breaking a bone in his foot. That’s set to sideline the former Huddersfield striker for at least five weeks.

With Allardyce desperate to seek a solution during the January transfer window, Carroll has emerged as a target, according to The Daily Mail.

The former Liverpool star re-joined the Magpies in August 2019 and agreed a one-year extension to his contract last summer.

Carroll has struggled to make an impact but did net for the first time in his second spell at Newcastle with a goal in the 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Sunday.

Former Baggies striker Kevin Phillips is advising Allardyce to take a close look at the 31-year-old frontman.

Phillips told West Brom News: “If you could guarantee he was going to stay fit for the rest of the season, I would certainly consider it because he gives you a different style.

“There might be a lot of people who say ‘oh this is going to be route-one football’ but it’s about winning a football match.

“If that means bringing in a 6ft 5 or 6ft 6 centre-forward and you play a different style of play, we know Andy Carroll on his day can be unplayable.”

Phillips aware of Carroll injury record

Andy Carroll, Ben White, Yves Bissouma

However, Phillips admits there is an obvious downside.

He added: “It’s just whether you can guarantee keeping him fit and for me, it’s a gamble.

“If you put all your eggs in one basket in getting him in and he gets injured in the first few weeks, you’re back to square one.”

Allardyce knows all about Carroll’s strengths having worked with him both at Newcastle and West Ham. But he also knows how injury-prone the ex-England striker can be.

Another option mentioned by The Daily Mail is Bournemouth striker Josh King.

The Norwegian forward has also reportedly received interest from Wolves and West Ham.

They also add that Allardyce is keeping tabs on Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

As for a move the other way, on-loan Benfica man Filip Krovinovic is a target for Greek club PAOK Salonika.

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