Albion boss Oscar Garcia has lamented his lack of striker options.
Illness ruled Leo Ulloa out of last night’s last-gasp 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Oscar brought in January signing David Rodriguez on the left wing and played Jesse Lingard, on loan from Manchester United at centre forward.
The head coach said after seeing his side lose to a late Leon Best strike: “We were better than them and deserved to win but when you have only one proper striker, one proper goalscorer and he was ill it’s harder to score.
“When we have only one striker then we had to try something different but it’s a problem we have been managing for a long time. We have been crossing our fingers with Leo before not to get injured but it’s a big problem.”
Oscar does not hold out any hope of signing another striker before the loan transfer window shuts at 5pm tomorrow. He also does not regard long-term injury victims Will Hoskins and Craig Mackail-Smith as the answer.
He told The Argus: “For a long time I wanted more strikers but it wasn’t possible. We have to try to do better in front of goal with the players we have. It’s difficult now, it’s too late. “Now Hoskins is injured, they haven’t played for a long time, Mackail-Smith is playing his first minutes with the development squad but we have only nine games left.”