Sam Allardyce has stated that his January signings have been ‘magnificent’ since they arrived at The Hawthorns amid a slight improvement at West Brom.
Robert Snodgrass, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne have all had somewhat of an impact since they joined the club last month.
Big Sam has been full of praise for his acquisitions and the Albion boss sounds fairly upbeat about his January business.
Allardyce is quoted by Express and Star as saying, “The new faces have been magnificent. It’s not as difficult for Robert Snodgrass or Ainsley coming in from Arsenal.
“But it’s certainly difficult for Okay and Mbaye to perform the way they’ve performed right away in the Premier League.
“They’re two players who have hit the ground running and have instantly made us better as a team, as well as Ainsley and Robert, and that’s affecting all the other players around them.”
Big Sam has the right to be happy with his business but ‘magnificent’, let’s not get carried away.
Mbaye Diagne started well by picking up an assist against Fulham and he scored a decent header against Manchester United a few weeks ago.
But against Man United, he missed two absolute sitters that would have won us the game and he did the same against Burnley.
He did all the hard work and managed to clip the top of the bar from a few yards out, there is nothing magnificent about that.
Magnificent would be two wins against Man United and Burnley to drag us away from the bottom three.
Yokuslu has looked good as well and brought a bit more cover to our defence but we are still conceding soft goals, there has been a change but is it enough?
The less said about Maitland-Niles the better as he has failed to impress after setting social media alight when he chose to join us on deadline day.
Snodgrass has been decent in fairness to him though the decision to not let him play against West Ham was utterly bizarre as he could’ve made a significant difference in that game.
We have improved with these signings but that is nothing to shout about as we were dreadful before they came in.
But we haven’t seen enough to suggest that these players will carry us away from danger and complete an unlikely escape.
Keeping us in the Premier League with deserved wins, that would be magnificent.
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