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Will This Polish Striker Fit Under Tony Pulis Brand Of Football At West Brom?

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Subhayan Dutta
Subhayan used to be the Featured Columnist at The 4th Official. Completely immersed in football and almost all other sports on planet.

After a bumpy ride that started with their humiliating defeat at Liverpool, West Bromwich have finally found some ground in their league run. The Baggies have lacked sharpness up front at times and with Salomon Rondon being the only real threat up front, you can’t really blame him for not performing every single game.

A lot could be blamed on Tony Pulis’ style of play, though, who has been often stated by critics as playing the brand of football that will empty stadiums the length and breadth of the country or simply ‘outdated relic’ at times.

The Baggies need a striker, who could get them goals from nothing and they might have just found that in their latest target Lukasz Teodorczyk. West Brom have been tracking the Dynamo Kiev striker in his loan spell at Anderlecht ahead of a possible January move.

Clubs like Liverpool and West Ham are also keeping tabs on the striker, who is labelled as the next Lewandowski, and Albion will have to fight many top sides to land the highly rated striker. Benfica and Sevilla are also exploring the possibility of landing him in the New Year.

Anderlecht are also apparently keen on keeping him on a permanent basis and they need to pay just £4.2million to do so. But, if a Premier League club comes knocking, he will pretty much give it a second thought. Teodorczyk has always been a prolific striker throughout his career but his spell with Anderlecht this season has been excellent.

RSC Anderlecht v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - UEFA Europa League

The Poland international has bagged 12 goals in 15 league games for his current club, as well as seven in as many in Europe. Given his strong physique, Teodorczyk hardly gets outmuscled by defenders which will come in handy for him in the Premier League. He does have a good pace with the height advantage, which is a rare combination for a striker.

The Polish attacker excels in the air and has won an average of 3.8 aerial duels this season in the Europa League.  His only weakness, which is more of a misfortune, could be his inexperience in big European nights. And, if he is looking for it, West Bromwich is probably not the destination.

At the age of 25, Teodorczyk is young enough to be a smart long-term investment, with his best years potentially still ahead of him. If Pulis succeeds to bring him in, Albion could really be aiming for a top-half finish.

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