West Brom opinion: The Baggies should sign Shinji Kagawa
According to reports from the Birmingham Live, Slaven Bilic’s influence over West Brom has already started to pay dividends with the club linked with a move for Shinji Kagawa.
The former Manchester United star has done well for himself at Borussia Dortmund after struggling when he moved to the Red Devils.
The then 24-year-old joined amongst great pomp and celebration, finishing his final season at Dortmund with a rather impressive 31 goal contributions, which included 17 goals.
But there, he struggled with the club in a transition period. His first season wasn’t the worst in the history of debut seasons, with Kagawa contributing 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances.
However, with David Moyes entering the fray, the entire team struggled and Kagawa went an entire season without scoring for the first time since he made his debut.
However, that is not the spell that West Brom fans should be looking at when they do their research. Instead, they should be looking at his prolific and creative nature, which is something that the Baggies need.
On the table, the club may look fine, but they were kept together by Jay Rodriguez and Newcastle United loanee Dwight Gayle alone. The two netted 35 goals together, which has softened the blow and patched any holes in the team.
Wesley Hoolahan is their lone attacking midfielder. The Irishman is 36 years old and is leaving for free officially on July 1st. While things may get worse next season, that’s one area that the club should look towards.
However, a quality attacking midfielder might not be out of West Brom’s reach with Slaven Bilic as their manager. Rekeem Harper was used as an attacking midfielder and while he did relatively well, he’s more of a central midfielder, who’s deputising as an attacking midfielder.
But he lacks the creativity and the ability in the final third, which is exactly what the Baggies need going forward. That’s just what Shinji Kagawa will add and the Japanese has proven that before.
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Shinji Kagawa has played well over 400 plus games and has netted 127 goals over the course of his career, which is more than what a few West Brom stars can say. It’s why the move makes so much sense and with time, the 30-year-old will help the Baggies fight above their weight.