Nicolas Anelka’s future at West Brom is unclear, as despite only moving to The Hawthorns in the summer he is currently on compassionate leave and is thought to be considering retiring from the game.

With no Romelu Lukaku to call upon this term, Steve Clarke’s men look slightly light on options in attack.

Saido Berahino

However, a 3-0 win over Newport in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night showcased the considerable talents of a certain Saido Berahino. The 20-year-old bagged a 36-minute hat-trick in the win and now must be considered for a place in the West Brom starting XI for the game against Swansea at the weekend.

With Anelka absent, maybe it is time for Clarke to give Berahino a chance to shine on the biggest stage.

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