West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is on the verge of retiring following the tragic death of his agent. The Frenchman only joined the Baggies a month ago and featured in their first game of the season against Southampton, but was allowed to miss this weekend's game against Everton on compassionate grounds. Following his arrival at the Hawthorns after a brief spell with Italian champions Juventus, Anelka was considered manager Steve Clarke's biggest coup in a transfer window that has also seen Scott Sinclair arrive from Manchester City. However, the Baggies could soon find themselves with a shortage of firepower should the journeyman quit the game, leaving them with just Shane Long and the unsettled Peter Odemwingie as their only senior strikers. Romelu Lukaku has gone back to Chelsea following his loan stint at the Midlands club and you can't help but worry about a side that has yet to win a Premier League game so far this season. And if Anelka does leave, here, we take a look at 5 potential replacements Clarke could bring in for the France international before the transfer window slams shut a week on Tuesday. Click "Next" to begin.
Joseph is an accredited football journalist and has interviewed nearly all of the current 20 Barclay's Premier League managers. He is also a correspondent for Bleacher Report and has written for Caught Offside and Give Me Football.