Danny Mills claimed it is imperative West Brom sign a goalscorer if they want to avoid relegation this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 19-time England international suggested the Baggies follow the example of his former club Leeds United who have “spent money on key areas” this summer.
Slaven Bilic’s side started without a recognised striker against Leicester City at the weekend and their attack looked blunt as the Foxes cruised to a 3-0 away win.
Football Insider revealed that the club are working on a deal to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney and made progress in agreeing the terms of a deal last week.
The 32-year-old has scored 47 goals in 163 Premier League appearances and wants a return to the top-tier of English football following Watford’s relegation last season.
When asked by Football Insider if a new striker signing was a must at The Hawthorns before the transfer window closes, Mills said:
“Sheffield United last season were the exception to the rule. It is very, very difficult to do what they did because to win football matches you need to score goals.
“You have got to have a goalscorer who is going to get you quite a few. Even Burnley have the likes of Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez. They still have a goal threat in their team.
“Slaven Bilic will be saying, ‘It is going to be tough for us in this league and we need to spend a little to have any chance.’ Look at what Leeds have done – they have spent money on key areas. If West Brom are going to have a chance of survival a striker is where they need to go.”
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