Gareth Barry has defended West Brom for agreeing a deal with West Ham for Robert Snodgrass that has since come under investigation from the Premier League.
Ahead of West Brom’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Tuesday night, it was confirmed that Snodgrass, 33, was not in the squad due to an agreement between the two clubs ahead of the winger’s move to The Hawthorns.
Snodgrass made his Albion debut on Saturday in the 3-2 win away at Wolves and impressed as Sam Allardyce masterminded an eventful Black Country derby win.
Barry admits he isn’t clued up on the rules surrounding the transfers but can understand why Albion decided to do what they did.
“I’m not exactly sure on the rules or the contracts that should be signed. But from West Brom’s point of view, if they’ve got the decision to have him for one game and in the building for two weeks, or wait until after this game, they’re going to choose that [first] option,” ex-Baggies midfielder Barry said on BT Sport 1 on Tuesday night after the defeat to West Ham.
“But I’m not sure exactly where they stand on that legally.”
BT Sport host Darrell Currie then revealed that the potential punishment for West Brom and West Ham won’t be too serious.
He said: “At the very worst, it will be a fine and nothing more involving the transfer or for the player and his future involvement in games – that’s for certain.”
Worth it? Absolutely
West Brom could have avoided this if someone up top told Allardyce and the social media team to keep the agreement under wraps.
They seem as though they’ll face a fine for the agreement, which benefitted the Baggies because Snodgrass helped them beat Wolves before not being able to play against his former club West Ham.
As Barry said, Albion would either have to wait until now to sign Snodgrass and without him, they might not have beaten Wolves.
At the end of the day, what do we want most? Beating Wolves is one of the best things we can do in a season – especially away at Molineux.
Whatever fine the Premier League throw the club’s way, it probably won’t be too serious and it will probably end up being worth it in the grand scheme of things.
It wasn’t a bad agreement to strike with West Ham. But the club needs to communicate better in the future because they definitely could have got away with this.
In other West Brom news, Albion want to sign this Benfica centre-forward.