Is there really any value in keeping the prize pony in the stable, just to prove a point?
It’s no secret as to why Saido Berahino’s relationship with the club has broken down so drastically – but I think it’s hard to blame the player entirely, Spurs tried to exploit a situation that simply wasn’t there.
What really frustrates me though, is Berahino’s complete reluctance to accept his wrong doings and if we’re being honest, he’s been a bit of baby about it all.
But I digress – the most important thing is the resolution.
For me, West Brom have no choice but to cash in and invest the money back into the squad. But, on who?
It’s clear we need to strengthen at the back, for a side that’s entire game is pinching a game by the odd goal, we are far too clumsy for our own good, despite keeping the most clean sheets in the Premier League throughout last calendar year. PULISED.
Mathieu Debuchy is a player that needs some first team football ahead of Euro 2016, reports over the last week suggest a loan deal could be in the offing – a very good signing, if it can be pulled off.
Matt Phillips at QPR is a player that will be connected with a Premier League move throughout the January window, but I think his £10m price tag is slightly too big for him to move to The Hawthorns.
Andros Townsend is another player that needs first team football after being shut out at Spurs. Reading between the lines, I think he was open to the move in the summer as part of the Tottenham’s offer – his pace could be a real asset for us throughout the remainder of the season.
Charlie Austin is another that will be lured by Premier League football. I think he could well be the perfect replacement for Berahino. Again, he won’t come cheap at around the £12m mark, but he will certainly bring goals.
Those players just name a few, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see two or more of those come through the door should a deal be struck for the England U21 international.
It will be a shame to see a player with such potential leave, but that’s football.
The emphasis really does need to be on the quality of the we bring in, we lack players that have that ability to turn a game on its head.
That’s the real problem we have at the moment. We’re picking up results but the performances are absolutely awful! Everything we score comes from a set piece, it’s not good to watch and I’m not convinced any of us enjoy watching us play these days.
That said, did we expect anything else from a Tony Pulis team?
But Tony Pulis is achieving exactly what he set out to do. In a season that sees teams such as Watford and West Ham ‘flying’ (in the words of some pundits); we sit alongside them in the table, going about our business and raising no attention.
This season is certainly a strange one with the lucrative new TV money being introduced – is Pulis a long-term option? I wouldn’t like to think so, but currently he’s the lesser of two evils. Relegation really isn’t something we want to think about, especially with all the jibes being handed out to Villa fans these days.
We’re up for sale, in fact all the League clubs in the West Midlands are currently up for sale, but what will this mean for expenditure this window? Will JP dig deep and bring in some big names? Or is the wallet staying closed?
The proof of the pudding will certainly be in the eating.
Let the transfer window commence.
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