Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mowbray to check on Makail-Smith

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray will get another chance to run the rule over Peterborough marksman Craig Makail-Smith when the two sides meet in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday night.

The highly-rated frontman, who has been linked with the Baggies, grabbed a late equaliser at the Hawthorns to take his goal tally to 18 and earn the Posh a third-round replay at London Road.

Mowbray was casting admiring glances towards the 24-year-old at the start of the season and the speculation forced posh to slap a £5million price tag on the former Dagenham man’s head.

“The bottom line is if anyone bids £5million for any player they’d probably be allowed to leave, but the reality is no-one will bid that much so they will stay,” director of football Barry Fry said in October.

Makail-Smith, who recently signed a four-year deal, was picked up from Dagenham & Redbridge for £125,000 in January 2007 and went on to score 19 goals last season as Peterborough won promotion to League One. His form has seen Blackburn, Birmingham and Cardiff also linked with a move earlier in the campaign but it will take a bid in excess of £2million to tempt the Peterborough boardroom.

The Posh, who are football odds of 3.55 to be promoted, have their sights on back-to-back promotions and it will take a sizeable bid to test the resolve of Darren Ferguson, however with Albion still on the lookout for another striker a bid could be in the offing. And another good display against the Baggies could sway Mowbray, who has recently added striker Jay Simpson – on loan from Arsenal – to his squad.


Phil Tomlinson



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