West Brom fans were expecting their club to spend big this summer.
Relegated from the Premier League, the Baggies will get over £41m in parachute payments this coming season.
With parachute payments now front loaded (West Brom will get £34m and then £15m in the next two seasons if not promoted), the first season down is obviously the best chance for any club to get back to the top tier.
Otherwise the finances get ever worse and/or you could even sink into League One like Sunderland.
Last season saw both Wolves and Middlesbrough signing a player for £15m or more, suggesting a blurring of the edges now when it comes to transfer fees ambitious Championship clubs might pay, compared to some of those at the bottom end of the Championship. Newcastle United’s biggest buy last season was £10m for Jacob Murphy…
Thursday brought news that both Middlesbrough and Stoke had been in talks with Newcastle for Matt Ritchie, with a £15m price tag if they make a move.
So far, West Brom fans have seen no new signings but their expectations are still high, with players from Premier League clubs expected to be targeted.
The Birmingham Mail asked West Brom fans who they would like to see brought in and both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle were popular choices.
These are just a few of the comments:
“Dwight Gayle would fire us to promotion. Guaranteed goals.”
“Dwight Gale and Mitrovic along with the Brentford Midfield ”
“Sam johnstone, Ryan woods, Alexander Mitrovic.”
For Newcastle fans, they wonder where the goals will come from next season, with only a late burst of goals propelling Ayoze Perez to be top scorer last season with a meagre eight goals.
Both Gayle and Mitrovic are strikers who have shown they are more than good enough to score regularly in the Championship but still yet to totally prove themselves in the top tier.
The conundrum for Rafa Benitez is where he can find better goalscoring prospects, on a budget that would almost certainly be the same or less as what Newcastle would bank for the likes of Gayle and Mitro?
Without a goalscorer who gets at least double figures, it puts a massive strain on the team.
As for the players themselves, Aleksandar Mitrovic is sure to be expecting to be playing in the Premier League next season, with Fulham seemingly favourites, whilst how can Rafa sell Gayle without at least one or two more credible goalscorers coming in>