Kamil Grosicki was only handed game-time at West Brom last month so that he could be put into the shop window, Tomasz Włodarczyk has told West Brom News.
In an exclusive interview with West Brom News editor Danny Wright, Meczyki journalist Włodarczyk revealed that Albion have wanted to get rid of Grosicki, 32, since the summer transfer window.
The Poland international came into Sam Allardyce’s side in January, playing three matches in a row against Blackpool, Wolves and West Ham.
Although he performed well in those matches, the ex-Hull winger has been out of Big Sam’s plans since and has failed to appear in any of the manager’s last five matchday squads in the Premier League.
It turns out that West Brom’s plan was simply to show prospective buyers that Grosicki was fit and try to generate some interest in him.
Włodarczyk has previously told West Brom News that the £40,000-a-week winger was wanted by Legia Warsaw and Pogon Szczecin but the two Polish clubs were unable to meet the player’s wage demands.
Włodarczyk now adds that Grosicki’s wages could be a burden on the Baggies and that the 32-year-old is frustrated with his situation at The Hawthorns.
“I think he’s expensive for West Brom. They were looking for different players in his position and they also wanted to get rid of him in the summer transfer window, which was obvious when Forest came in with an offer for him and the same happened in the winter transfer window,” Włodarczyk said.
“When he came into the team, the situation was that there were a few injuries and it was the transfer window. I think it was a little bit like they put him on the market like, ‘look at him, he can play at a decent level’. They wanted to show him to different clubs that his fitness is good, he’s in quite good shape so they gave him those few matches and I think he was quite okay in terms of his performance.
“But, after that, he got dropped again. It’s quite clear that they don’t want to invest any more minutes in him because his contract is going to end at the end of the season so the idea is to try to find a solution and get rid of him – but I don’t know how they’re going to do it. All those markets are basically closed.
“He also got a quite good offer from Saudi Arabia from Damac FC, they are fighting to stay in the league. At the time of the offer, they were bottom of the table, so they offered him a very good contract. Obviously, it was not as valuable as his contract at West Brom but he didn’t want to go there because of family reasons, he didn’t want to go to Saudi Arabia and basically, he was really focused on coming back to Poland. He wanted to prepare for the European Championships and have two of three decent seasons and finish his career at home.
“As I said, it’s really difficult at the moment. I don’t know what’s in his head now. I was in touch with him quite often but now I’m not, which means he’s not happy at the moment. I think he was quite sure that it was going to be Legia or Pogon but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.”
Grosicki was born in Szczecin and started his career at Pogon before playing for joining Legia Warsaw in 2007.
He’s since played for another Polish club in Jagiellonia Białystok, Swiss side Sion, Sivasspor in Turkey, Rennes in France and Hull and the Baggies in England.
Slaven Bilic signed Grosicki from Hull last January and he’s since made 19 appearances in all competitions for the Black Country club.
However, only three of those appearances have come in the Premier League since Albion won promotion from the Championship and it seems that the Poland winger faces a tough battle to get into Paulo Sousa’s national squad for the European Championships this summer.
In other West Brom news, Luke Dowling’s job at the Albion is unlikely to be under threat.