West Bromwich Albion look set for yet another busy summer transfer window after winning promotion back to the Premier League. Here, we rank Albion’s business in the last 10 transfer windows.
#10 – 2014/15 (3/10)Embed from Getty Images
IN: Sebastien Pocognoli, Jason Davidson, Cristian Gamboa and Sebastian Blanco (Undisclosed; Andrew Wisdom (Loan); Georgios Samaras (Free); Brown Ideye (£10m).
OUT: Billy Jones and Liam Ridgewell (Free); George Thorne (Undisclosed); Donervon Daniels (Loan).
IN: Callum McManaman (Undisclosed); Darren Fletcher (£4.5m).
Estimated net spend: £11m
Read the names above — do we really need to explain why this window was such a disaster? It was overseen by former manager Alan Irvine, who was awarded the job following the sacking of Pepe Mel.
If Baggies fans were tentative about his appointment, Albion’s transfer activity did not help matters, with Irvine bringing in largely unknown, unproven players in Pocognoli and Gamboa.
Although West Brom have enjoyed plenty of success when bringing in unknown talents in the past, this was clearly a step too far.
Ideye scored just four goals in 24 appearances, while Pocognoli and Gamboa were rapidly deemed surplus to requirements by Irvine’s successor, Tony Pulis.
#9 – 2013/14 (4/10)Embed from Getty Images
In: Nicolas Anelka, Lee Camp and Diego Lugano (Free); Matej Vydra, Scott Sinclair, Goran Popov and Morgan Amalfitano (Loan); Victor Anichebe (£6m); Stephane Sessegnon (Undisclosed).
Out: Marc-Antoine Fortune, Scott Allan, Romaine Sawyers, Bradley Garmston and James Hurst (Loan); Gonzalo Jara (Free); Peter Odemwingie (£2.25m).
In this window, Albion did not fair much better. Anichebe was brought in as firepower to replace Odemwingie, who left the club on sour terms after forcing his way out of the Hawthorns.
Fellow new boys Sinclair and Vydra also failed to make much of an impact in B71. This was particularly agonising for fans as Steve Clarke’s side had just come off the back of an incredible season, finishing 8th in the Premier League.
This was in part thanks to the goals of Romelu Lukaku, who came close to signing for the Baggies on deadline day, before joining Everton.
Amalfitano had some impressive moments in an Albion shirt, in particular against Man United at Old Trafford, where he nut-megged Rio Ferdinand and chipped David De Gea.
Estimated net spend: £9m