'He has put on weight' - Exclusive: Whelan urges West Brom to ditch porky forward
Noel Whelan believes West Brom striker Kenneth Zohore has put on weight during lockdown after assessing the Baggies’ striking options.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes West Brom strikers Hal Robson-Kanu, Charlie Austin and Zohore are “not mobile enough for the Premier League.”
The Baggies sealed promotion on Wednesday, despite failing to beat Queens Park Rangers at Hawthorns.
The 2-2 draw was enough to claim 2nd place after Brentford’s defeat to Barnsley, but Whelan insisted the West Midlands side are not as well suited to the Premier League as champions Leeds United.
“I don’t think they’ve got that impact they need up front and I think the three of them are very similar quite frankly,” he told Football Insider.
“They are big, strong but not mobile enough for the Premier League, I think they’ll struggle up front.
“Zohore has hardly played any games and looks like he’s put on a bit of weight when I saw him play.
“I think you’ve got to have more mobility up front and we saw that with West Brom they’re a big side, strong and powerful but it’s a different game when you go up into the Premier League.
“They found it difficult against Leeds United, they way they played with that intensity and that quickness of passing and they found it difficult against Brentford who play a very similar style to Leeds.
“So they need to look at how to get victories in the Premier League because it’s a very intense brand of football and I think it probably suits Leeds more going into the Premier League than it does West Brom.”
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