Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed the West Brom strikers will be “fuming” their manager Sam Allardyce is publicly looking to replace them.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Aston Villa forward labelled Allardyce as “silly” for revealing he wants to add firepower.
The 66-year-old told Match of the Day after their 4-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday his first focus was working on keeping clean sheets because he does not have a “proven goalscorer”.
He then revealed to Sky he had to bring in “better” quality to the squad if they had any hope of survival.
Allardyce said: “No disrespect to my players here because they are all working as hard as they can but I do have to find better to lift the squad.”
The Baggies have scored just 11 Premier League goals this term – only Burnley and bottom side Sheffield United have found the net less often.
Asked by Football Insider what impact Allardyce’s comments will have on West Brom’s strikers, Agbonlahor said: “I think you’d be fuming because you’ll be thinking ‘if he can get his man I’m not going to play’, basically.
“I think it’s a silly thing for the manager to say, I think you keep that to yourself and just go about your business trying to bring one in.
“Because if you don’t get one the strikers at your club are going to know you’re trying to replace them.
“I don’t think it’s a good thing that he’s done that and if I was the strikers at the club I wouldn’t be very happy.”
West Brom’s current top scorers in the league are Conor Gallagher and Callum Robinson who have both scored twice.
Summer signing Karlan Grant has found the net just once in 12 top-flight games this term.