Joseph Masi and Luke Hatfield discussed all of the latest West Bromwich Albion news on the most recent edition of The Express and Star’s Baggies Broadcast podcast and Masi dropped a hint regarding how much January transfer business West Brom fans can expect their club to do during the show.
This comes after Baggies boss Sam Allardyce declared that the club’s January transfer business will play an essential role in their Premier League survival bid this term.
While discussing Allardyce’s first four games in charge of West Brom, which have seen him guide the club to one draw and three losses, Masi stated that he thinks it’s pointless to judge the manager on how his Albion side has performed thus far, before stating that he will “probably” make “four or five” additions to his squad this month.
The journalist said: “I don’t think there’s any massive point in judging Sam Allardyce as we sit here today. It’s the January transfer window, he’s going to sign, probably, four or five players this month, they will make a very big difference to his style of play and how he wants to play. They’ll probably provide, sort of, the experience and the leadership this team has been lacking all season.”
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Allardyce has clarified that the club is able to make three more loan signings – one domestic and two from abroad – this season, while he also suggested that West Brom will be trying to bring players in on short-term contracts, as opposed to long-term deals.
Assuming that Albion will use all three of their remaining possible loan signings, Masi’s comments indicate that Baggies fans can expect to see one or two non-loan additions to their squad this month.
Whether or not that will be enough reinforcements for Allardyce to steer them clear of the relegation zone remains to be seen, with Albion currently sitting six points from safety.
However, perhaps this emphasises that the Baggies need to make the most of their transfer business this month, with Allardyce having explained that they need to raise the quality in their squad to stand a chance at avoiding the drop, as you could argue that four or five additions who are better than the players they’ve currently got would make a significant difference to their starting XI, as Masi suggested, but they might not be able to afford to miss the mark with their signings this month, so the pressure to get it right is on.