West Bromwich Albion will dip into the transfer market this month to strengthen its strikeforce, manager Sam Allardyce said after Saturday’s penalty shootout defeat by League One side Blackpool in the FA Cup.
With Callum Robinson rested and Charlie Austin completing a loan move to Queens Park Rangers (QPR), Allardyce was left short on attacking options for the third-round tie at Bloomfield Road and the 66-year-old did not name a forward in the matchday squad.
West Brom, which is second bottom in the Premier League with eight points from 17 matches, has scored just three goals in five games in all competitions since Allardyce replaced Slaven Bilic last month.
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“I’ll make a judgement on the players, as will the rest of the staff, as soon as possible and then we’ll be off into the market to find players who make the squad better,” Allardyce told reporters.
“We’ve let Charlie go to QPR so that creates an opening in terms of finances to get another centre forward. We played up front with nobody because we’ve not got anybody. We need one, if not two, front-men because we need to score goals.”
West Brom has signed midfielder Robert Snodgrass from West Ham United and goalkeeper Andy Lonergan in the January transfer window but Allardcye hopes there will be more additions.
“We need to bring players in this window, everybody does. But no one more so than us. We need players in more than anyone else in the Premier League to give us a chance of moving out of the position we’re in,” he said.
West Brom next faces 13th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.