#4 – 2018/19 (7.5/10)Embed from Getty Images
In: Sam Johnstone (£6.5m); Kyle Bartley and Conor Townsend (UNDISCLOSED); Jonathan Bond (Free); Tosin Adarabioyo, Harvey Barnes, Dwight Gayle, Mason Holgate, Jacob Murphy, Wes Hoolahan and Stefan Johansen (Loan).
Out: Jonny Evans (£3.5m), James McLean (£5m), Nacer Chadli (£10m); Ben Foster (Undisclosed); Salomon Rondon (Loan).
This was Albion’s best performance in a transfer window in a while. They managed to snatch the Championship’s Golden Glove winner Johnstone away from Villa and defender Kyle Bartley from fellow promotion pushers Swansea City.
Gayle and Barnes scored a combined 32 goals during their loan spells, which was crucial in Albion’s 2018/19 play-off push. Barnes is remembered fondly for his time in an Albion shirt, despite being recalled by Leicester in January.
The sales of Foster, Chadli and Evans recuperated a notable amount of cash and ultimately funded Albion’s following summer transfer window.
Estimated net spend: -£14m
#3 – 2019/20 (8/10)Embed from Getty Images
In: Kenneth Zohore (£8.5m), Romaine Sawyers (£3m), Charlie Austin (£4m); Semi Ajayi and Darnell Furlong (Undisclosed); Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Filip Krovinovic (Loan).
Out: Craig Dawson and Salomon Rondon (Undisclosed); Jay Rodriguez (£10m); Jonathan Leko, Sam Field, Oliver Burke and Alex Palmer (Loan).
In: Kamil Grosicki (800k); Callum Robinson (Loan); Lee Peltier (Free).
This was Luke Dowling’s first window in charge as Sporting Director and it is pretty safe to say he only signed one flop. For Albion, that is pretty good.
Yes, I am talking about Zohore, who managed to score just three league goals for the Baggies last season and looks set to move on already this summer.
Unlike Zohore, though, Sawyers, Ajayi, Diangana, Pereira and Krovinovic all had solid seasons at the Hawthorns to say the least. This was alongside deadline-day signing Austin, who scored several crucial goals throughout the campaign.
Let’s hope Dowling can do the same in his first window as a Premier League sporting director.
Estimated net spend: -£13m