West Brom: 'Imagine' - Claim emerges on £7m Hawthorns star

West Bromwich Albion striker Daryl Dike could strike up a fruitful Hawthorns partnership with fellow January arrival Andy Carroll when they return from injury, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Steve Bruce took over as the Baggies’ manager last month, but Dike and Carroll headed to the Midlands prior to Valerien Ismael’s sacking after just seven months in charge.

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Dike returned to English shores by making the £7million move from Major League Soccer side Orlando City.

The 21-year-old’s arrival was confirmed in the early stages of the January transfer window and allowed him to reunite with Ismael, having scored nine goals in 22 appearances under the Frenchman during a loan spell with Barnsley last year.

However, a hamstring injury has restricted Dike to just two outings in his new surroundings and resulted in him still searching for a maiden Albion goal.

Carroll headed to the Hawthorns after the eight-cap United States international’s setback, with him making the switch after his short-term contract with Reading had expired.

He got off the mark for the Baggies by finding the back of the net in the comeback draw against Huddersfield Town earlier this month, while he has gone on to feature nine times.

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What has Pete O’Rourke said about the situation?

Bruce revealed a tendon issue resulted in Dike being unable to return to action at Bristol City just before the international break, while an injury also forced Carroll to miss out.

O’Rourke believes the duo will strike fear into opponents if they are deployed as a front two by West Brom.

When asked whether Dike will be a success at the Hawthorns, the journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “You can imagine if him and Andy Carroll were in a partnership together, it’s going to be a real handful for defences to think about because they are two big, strong, powerful forwards.

“If West Brom can provide the ammunition, you would fancy them to get some goals between now and the end of the season.”

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Were Dike and Carroll shrewd signings?

Dike has already shown he can be a threat in the Championship thanks to his stint with Barnsley last season and his figures demonstrate there is plenty of promise as he has found the back of the net 28 times in the early stages of his career.

Carroll, a nine-cap England international, could have been seen as a more risky signing due to the sheer amount of injuries he has picked up over the course of his career.

But West Brom prepared for that eventuality by only tying him down to a contract which expires at the end of the season.

He has also scored 83 goals at club level, emphasising he can be a handful for defenders when fully fit.

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