There is little for Alan Pardew to smile about right now, with former club West Ham coming from behind to deny West Brom a win in their first game of 2018 and leave The Hawthorns outfit inside the relegation zone and with daylight emerging between themselves and the teams outside the bottom three.
One player however, who may be giving Pardew something to be pleased about is Craig Dawson. The defender returned for the Boxing Day clash with Everton after two months on the sidelines, and he has perhaps been the Baggies' best player over the last three games, especially in the two draws preceding the Hammers defeat.
And Dawson's return and subsequent form should perhaps leave Pardew reconsidering whether it is still worth going after one of their reported January targets.
The Sun reported at the end of last month that the Baggies wanted to sign Glen Johnson from Stoke City. Given that he has played just three times in the top flight this term, you would certainly not be surprised if the Potters were willing to leave the path clear for the former England international to leave - even if it was to a relegation rival.
Baggies fans would be forgiven for not being inspired by the links with the 33-year-old, especially when scoring goals appears to be their main problem, and they will surely be urging Pardew to reconsider going after the former West Ham man.
Dawson has shown that he is the kind of player who could help West Brom get themselves out of trouble this season, and thus, Pardew should feel that he can forget the need to strengthen his options at right-back and can instead focus his attention on signing the attacking players who will inspire the turnaround that the club now need to pull off.
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