Date: 22nd July 2019 at 4:45pm
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West Bromwich Albion have been linked with a move for Amiens’ striker Moussa Konate in a deal worth £5m. The forward would become the club’s third signing in a matter of days following the announcement that Kenneth Zohore and Semi Ajayi would be joining the club.

The Championship club is looking to reinforce their frontline following the exits of Dwight Gayle, Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez this summer.

It had been a quiet summer for The Baggies, with Filip Krovinovic being their only signing before Zohore and Ajayi. It seems the sale of Rondon has kick-started the transfer activity that manager Slaven Bilic had been asking for.

Konate has been on the radar of many Premier League clubs over the years, even back to when he was playing in Switzerland with FC Sion.

The Amiens frontman is capable of playing on either wing, however it was in a central berth where the 26-year-old saw all of his appearances in Ligue 1 last season.

The signing of Konate could signal that Bilic is about to move away from his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, and perhaps looking to utilise a strike partnership instead of a lone frontman.

I say this because of the difference in stature between the two strikers physically. Zohore is 6ft 3 and more of a target-man type striker, while Konate is much shorter at 5ft 9.

The change in system could see a return to a strike partnership that has been somewhat of a dying breed in recent times.  Konate and Zohore could end up being a little and large strike partnership similar to that of Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe of the late 2000s.

While it remains to be seen whether Bilic will change from the 4-2-3-1, the 4-4-2 would offer The Baggies the ability to play both frontmen at the same time.

The formation provides excellent support in the wide areas, and effectively using a 4-4-2 means a lot of crossing opportunities, something that the pair of Konate and Zohore could thrive on given the service. Konate has scored five headers over the past two seasons in Ligue 1, meaning that he is more than capable of being an aerial threat.

Last season West Brom were 12th in the Championship for most accurate crosses, a change in system could see that number increase especially with a pair of strikers capable of getting on the end of the deliveries.

With transfer business at The Hawthorns just getting underway, it remains to be seen whether Konate is the man for Bilic. He would offer the Championship side an excellent option whether it be as a lone frontman or part of a partnership.

 

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