After a quiet January window, it was generally accepted that West Brom had done some excellent business with Daniel Sturridge arriving on loan and Jonny Evans staying at The Hawthorns despite constant rumours about his future.
Alan Pardew's men came out of January having lost just two games all month. And with one of those defeats coming against the Premier League's runaway leaders Manchester City, their form for the month, as well as their January business, just hinted that the Baggies were ready to turn a corner and potentially get themselves out of trouble.
However, a disappointing home defeat to relegation rivals Southampton at the weekend brought West Brom back down to earth and took away much of their momentum as the gap between themselves and the team in second-bottom became four points.
One of their problems against the Saints was their inability to compete in the middle of the park, with both Claudio Yacob and Gareth Barry picking that game to have an off-day.
With neither player proving particularly consistent this term - that may be almost as frustrating for Pardew as either simply being off-form - Pardew may wish that he had the opportunity to strengthen his options in the middle of the park.
Grzegorz Krychowiak has looked a lot more impressive lately, but Jake Livermore's form is arguably a concern. So, while Pardew cannot look to sign a midfielder from another club, perhaps the Baggies boss should look at the free agent market and offer Jan Kirchhoff a deal until the summer.
Kirchhoff has not played since leaving Sunderland at the end of last season. And while his time at the Stadium of Light ended disappointingly, it may be worth a gamble for West Brom to offer him a temporary deal.
When the former Bayern Munich man was fit, he was undoubtedly one of the most impressive players in the Black Cats squad, and played a crucial role in their great escape during Sam Allardyce's tenure.
The German could provide more competition in the centre of midfield and ensure that Pardew does not need to pick Barry and Yacob alongside each other again.
He can also drop to centre-back, which is also a plus. The Baggies signed Ali Gabr last month, but he is yet to feature and the likes of Gareth McAuley and Allan Nyom have struggled in the back four lately.
Handing Kirchhoff a deal until the summer may not capture the imagination, but it could prove to be a very shrewd piece of business at this stage of the season if he manages to stay fit and find his best form in the coming months.