West Brom's transfer window rated: Pulis falls short despite some impressive additions

Nacer Chadli celebrates scoring the third goal for Tottenham

As part of our analysis of the Premier League transfer window we take a look at West Bromwich Albion.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion have been a Premier League side for the past six seasons now, but for the past three years they have been in the mix for relegation.

17th in 2013/14 was followed by 14th and 13th place finishes, but the Baggies have had a decent start to the season results-wise and find themselves in 10th.

Performance-wise, however, it is a different story. The Baggies’ style of play in the first three matches of the season has been decidedly dull, with very few goals of which to speak - this coming off the back of their being the second least potent strike force in the Premier League last season.

Manager Tony Pulis has come in for considerable criticism from fans for the brand of football on show.

In the last few days of the transfer window, Pulis has sought to remedy this sense of impotent tedium with a number of purchases on attacking players.


Nacer Chadli (£13m)

The 27-year-old Belgian midfielder became West Brom’s record signing when he made the move from Spurs.

In three seasons at Spurs, he scored 15 goals in 88 league appearances, and he also has 32 caps for Belgium.

Nacer Chadli celebrates scoring the third goal for Tottenham

Chadli has the versatility to play anywhere in the midfield or across the top three, giving Pulis options as he seeks to reinvigorate West Brom’s prowess in front of goal.

Matt Phillips (£5.5m)

The 25-year-old Scottish international winger made the move from QPR, for whom he scored 14 goals in 90 league appearances over three seasons.

Phillips also has the versatility to play up front either through the middle or out wide, especially filling the gap left by right-winger Stephane Sessegnon who left over the summer.

Phillips has blistering pace which he will hope to use to fire West Brom up the table. He has had a solid if unspectacular start to the season - using his pace to good effect but lacking in terms of end product - but it will take a bit of time for him to acclimatise to the top flight again.

Allan Nyom (£4m)

The 28-year-old right-back made 32 appearances for Watford in the Premier League last season, whilst he made over 200 appearances for Granada in the six seasons prior. He also has 14 caps for Cameroon.

Gillingham's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas in action with Watford's Allan Nyom

Nyom has been brought in to replace Cristian Gamboa, who has left for Celtic.

Brendan Galloway (Loan)

The 20-year-old Zimbabwe-born left-back arrives from Everton on a season-long loan. He has represented England at age-grade level, and made 14 appearances for Everton in last year’s campaign.

Galloway is an attacking left-back with lots of pace, and will add to the Baggies’ threat going forward.

He impressed on his debut against Middlesbrough.

Hal Robson-Kanu (Free)

The 27-year-old striker lit up world football with his 'Cruyff turn' and score for Wales against Belgium in the Quarter-Final of Euro 2016, even though he was unattached after Reading had released him at the end of last season.

Robson-Kanu had been linked with moves to Spain, but it is to the Hawthorns and another addition to West Brom's under performing strike force.


James Chester, Cristian Gamboa, Stephane Sessegnon, Victor Anichebe, Anders Lindegaard, Sebastien Pocognoli, Rickie Lambert.

Wales' James Chester with Tom Lawrence, Ben Davies and Sam Vokes during training


Tony Pulis has replaced most of the players who have departed the Hawthorns, with two proven Premier League performers in Chadli and Nyom, but it may not be enough for the fans who want to see the club’s attacking capabilities rejuvenated.


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