West Brom wide-forwards/attacking-midfielders Chris Brunt, Stephane Sessegnon and Silvestre Varela must be fearing for their futures at the Hawthorns, with new boss Tony Pulis working overtime to add width and pace to his squad.
First there was news of a £5m bid for Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, although the Foxes were unwilling to do business at that price for the former Fleetwood Town pace merchant.
The next Baggies bid of the window was lodged with Wigan for winger Callum McManaman’s services, but Latics manager Malky Mackay suggested it will take much more than £4m to prise the Liverpudlian from the DW Stadium.
Pulis now needs to go back to the West Brom board to figure out whether increased offers are realistic, but there’s an English wideman in better form than McManaman or Vardy flying somewhat under the radar so far in 2015.
Liverpool and Southampton were both reportedly readying January bids for Norwich’s Nathan Redmond during the autumn, while Chelsea are thought to be long-term admirers, although there hasn’t been a squeak about the 20-year-old’s future since the end of 2014.
This should surprise avid football watchers, as the stats suggest Redmond is having a far more productive campaign than West Brom’s ‘official’ targets.
Alongside the above stats, Redmond also beats this pair in shots per game, dribbles per game, pass completion percentages and crosses per game.
The last of those metrics is a comprehensive pasting, with the former Birmingham youth whipping the ball in 2.3 times a match on average, compared to McManaman’s 0.6 and Vardy’s 0.2.
With 6ft3in centre-forward Victor Anichebe thrown in from the start twice in Pulis’ three matches in charge so far, the former Stoke and Crystal Palace tactician must surely see the potential benefits to the Baggies a winger like Redmond would bring.
Of course, bigger clubs could be lying in wait for the bidding to begin, but there’s little for Pulis to lose in this situation.