West Brom made five signings in January and Sam Allardyce is pleased with his business despite the budget constraints he was under.

Three players arrived on loan in Okay Yokuslu, Mbaye Diagne and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Big Sam is happy with all three.

He also spoke highly of what Robert Snodgrass brings to the squad but outlined the one wish that he missed out on.

He told The Athletic, “I don’t think you could loan better for the money we’ve spent.

“What would I have liked to have done better? Obviously, get them in on January 2 and 3. That might have made a difference to the games we lost.

“But because of that negotiation and that financial situation I thought we did massively well.

“I thought it was a massive achievement, but whether it’s enough only time will tell.”

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Lack of organisation – Lai to blame?

It was quite miraculous that we ended up with five signings in January.

For most of the window it seemed we were missing out on targets, with Hamza Choudhury and Haris Seferovic being heavily linked to The Hawthorns.

In the end two of the three loanees arrived on deadline day – with Diagne joining just a few days before.

That means they missed five league games in January, with Yokuslu and Maitland-Niles also not signing in time for key matches against Fulham and Sheffield United.

There is no excuse for that, and we were punished by picking up just one point from those fixtures.

Guochuan Lai and Luke Dowling should have worked with Big Sam to organise a transfer strategy prior to the window opening.

It is understandable that we missed out on certain targets but we did not begin our transfer activity early enough.

Snodgrass and Andy Lonergan were our first arrivals in mid-January.

Allardyce was let down by the recruitment team and the board, and it is bitterly disappointing as he has seemingly made sensible reinforcements.

Hopefully they continue to have a positive impact for the rest of the season.

In other West Brom news, View: Lai’s worrying summer plans hinted at in West Brom pursuit of English striker.


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