A look at West Brom’s five previous January transfer windows

Port Vale's Enoch Enoch Andoh in action with West Brom's Darren Fletcher

We rate West Bromwich Albion's transfer dealings in the last five January windows.

January 2015

IN: Alex Pritchard (Tottenham Hotspur - loan), Sandro (Queens Park Rangers – loan)

OUT: Serge Gnabry (Arsenal - loan expired), Anders Lindegaard (Preston - loan), Adil Nabi (Peterborough)

Verdict: Same mistakes - 3/10

West Bromwich Albion traded one under-used loan star for two, as the Baggies failed to improve their squad for the second half of the season.

Gnabry’s return to Arsenal was expected after the midfielder only saw twelve minutes of football during his time at the Hawthorns. Pritchard's loan would be equally underwhelming, as he managed sixty-two minutes for West Brom. Sandro struggled with his fitness and did not manage to string a run of games together. 

January 2014

IN: Darren Fletcher (Manchester United), Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic)

OUT: Sebastian Blanco (San Lorenzo – loan), Georgios Samaras (Al Hilal - loan), Graham Dorrans (Norwich City – loan *deal went through in February), Silvestre Valera (Porto – loan expired), Luke Daniels (Scunthorpe United)

Verdict: Leader in, deadwood out - 7/10

Fletcher proved to be an important signing in Albion’s battle for Premier League survival. The ex-United man was immediately installed as captain, and his experience was integral to Pulis’s turnaround.

McManaman showed glimpses of promise but struggled with fitness in his first six months at The Hawthorns.

Albion spent the rest of their January trying to undo some of their misguided summer recruitment. Blanco, Samaras and Valera all left after underwhelming spells at the club.

January 2013

IN: Thievy Bifouma (RCD Espanyol – loan)

OUT: Shane Long (Hull City), Markus Rosenburg (Malmo *deal went through in February), Lee Camp (AFC Bournemouth), George Thorne (Derby County - loan)

Verdict: Mel-tdown - 2/10

One of the Baggies' biggest transfer mistakes in recent memory came in this window. The sale of Long to fellow strugglers Hull City was a baffling mid-season decision.

It was the story of Albion’s season, as they replaced a proven Premier League talent with an unknown prospect from Spanish football.

2012

OUT: Chris Wood (Leicester City), Yassine El Ghanassy (sc Heerenveen – loan), Craig Dawson (Bolton Wanderers - loan), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest - loan)

Verdict: Missed opportunity: 1/10

West Brom failed to add to their squad after an impressive first half of their campaign. Their decision not to bolster the side proved costly as Steve Clarke’s men struggled through the later months of the season.

2011

IN: Scott Allan (Dundee United), Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham City), Keith Andrews (Blackburn Rovers)

OUT: Joe Mattock (Brighton – loan), Gonzalo Jara (Brighton – loan), Chris Wood (Bristol City – loan), Roman Bednar (Blackpool)

Verdict: Sensible recruitment - 8/10

Roy Hodgson brought in two low risk signings and they helped improve his squad for the second half of the season.

Ridgewell became a regular at left-back and part of a solid Albion back-four. Andrews provided another option in midfield and most memorably scored in the Baggies’ 5-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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