Alex Crook has handed out some bad news when it comes to West Bromwich Albion and their business in the January transfer window.
Baggies boss Sam Allardyce was quoted as saying recently that the club are looking at roughly 250 players to bring in this window as they continue their fight to stay in the Premier League. However, it looks as if that list might be down to 248 before things have really got going.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Gameday Football podcast, Crook said that two potential targets in the form of Danny Rose and Hamza Choudhury could both be off the market already, through no fault of West Brom’s.
He said: “He said he’s looking at up to 250 players in this transfer window, but I think they are struggling to attract players. They wanted Hamza Choudhury, but I think Leicester might well keep him at the King Power now, given that injury to Dennis Praet. Danny Rose as well is a potential target, but I think he fancies a move abroad should he cancel his Tottenham contract.”
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TIF Thoughts on Crook’s comments…
Crook’s words just go to show why clubs, especially a club like West Brom in the perilous position that they’re in need to do their business as early as possible.
As time ticks on, the more deals are going to become unavailable and West Brom are one of the teams where they are probably going to need to get their first-choice players over the line as soon as possible.
Not just because they don’t want to be left with the dregs of the transfer window, but because the sooner they can get players in, the sooner they can get used to Allardyce’s somewhat unique style of play.