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West Brom struck gold signing ‘terrific’ gem who would be worth just 7m in 2024 money

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After Sheffield Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion in their most recent game, Danny Rohl’s team now looks to Carlos Corberan to restore trust in his team ahead of the pivotal Championship final day.

The Baggies, who are now holding onto sixth place cautiously with Hull City just two points behind them in seventh, face the risk of missing out on the playoffs if they don’t exercise caution.

The West Midlands is in dire need of a player with the talent of this previous star, who was instrumental in helping West Brom advance to the Premier League in the past. It’s time for heroes to rise to the occasion.

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Zoltan Gera’s time at West Brom

It’s safe to assume that Zoltan Gera’s name is still mentioned in the legend category in West Brom stadiums, having played for the Baggies for two spells and accruing 191 games at the Hawthorns. Despite the Baggies competing in the demanding Premier League, Gera’s first stay saw him blast into life, scoring six goals from 38 games during his debut campaign in England. Gera’s first significant season even saw former West Brom boss Gary Megson call him “terrific” and “blinding” to be around the club. Gera went on to become a prominent Hawthorns fan favorite. His initial four-season contract, which he signed for a mere £1.5 million in 2004 after leaving his home country of Hungary, looked like a great deal at all. His best performance came in the 2007–08 season, when his team won the Championship.Zoltan-Gera-West-Brom-2

The Hungarian midfielder would help himself to 17 goal contributions in all competitions that season, becoming a key cog in the promotion machine that would end up being second-tier champions.

Corberan is crying out for a similar figure like Gera in his current camp, with the likes of Jed Wallace and Grady Diangana shirking the spotlight as of late when their team need a driving force going forward to get them over the line to secure a spot in the playoffs.

The £1.5m deal to bring Gera into the building from Ferencvárosi TC, in today’s inflated market, would still feel like a steal when examining TotallyFootball’s Transfer Index.

Gera’s transfer value in 2024

According to TotallyFootball, West Brom would only have to pay £7.2 million to get Gera’s services if the same agreement were to go through in 2024. Considering how crucial the Hungarian midfielder was to the Baggies during his lengthy tenure, this is a good deal.

To provide more context, it would have cost £12 million to bring in the aforementioned Diangana in 2020. He hasn’t been able to be as reliable or influential as Gera has been during his time in the West Midlands.

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Diangana has racked up an outstanding 22 goals and 19 assists from 164 games. However, he’s still far from the levels of devotion West Brom supporters showered on Gera, the Hungarian who ended his career with 29 goals and 20 assists in total.

If West Brom can gain promotion in spite of their dismal recent performance, they will be hoping to sign another great player like Gera and avoid the careless overspending that has cost them dearly in the Premier League in the past.

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