The news that your football club were being bought by a foreign consortium was once the source of much trepidation among fans, but nowadays supporters tend to think they’ve been handed a golden ticket. Under new owner Guochaun Lai however, West Brom’s transfer activity has been relatively circumspect. This is the source of a great deal of anguish among modern day fans, who feel there is a festival of big spending going on to which they are not invited.
West Brom have established themselves as a stable Premier League club in recent years; the Baggies no longer boing-boing between England’s top two divisions. However, a sense of stasis has settled around the Hawthorns. With Tony Pulis as manager, you have a virtual assurance that you will not be relegated but not much of a chance to dream of anything else. Some will say Baggies are deluded for wanting any more than a safe Premier League finish, but fans want some excitement as well as security. Sunday’s 0-0 draw at home to Middlesbrough was absolutely dire and the team are crying out for flair, pace and goals. Saido Berahino will finally be put out of his misery (surely?) and granted a move away, so he will have to be replaced. We suggested three players West Brom should target on Deadline Day.