Sam Allardyce believes West Brom will only be able to keep loan stars Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne if they survive relegation this season.
Joining from Celta Vigo and Galatasaray respectively in the winter transfer window, the duo have both impressed since moving to the Midlands.
The Baggies currently reside in the Premier League’s relegation zone, 11 points adrift of Newcastle in 17th place.
Talking ahead of West Brom’s game against Brighton on Saturday, Allardyce revealed that the fan favourites aren’t likely to remain at the club should Albion drop down to the Championship.
When asked about whether they’d only stay if Albion survive, Allardyce said: “Yes I’d say that. They want to play in the Premier League, that is why they are here.
“I have to give them great credit for taking the chance – to leave the clubs they are at for a side struggling in the Premier League shows character.
“But everybody wants to play in the Premier League. And they see it as an opportunity to come to the big stage and show what they can do.”
It isn’t really a surprise that Albion could struggle to convince Yokuslu and Diagne to sign on permanently if they go down to the second flight.
Every player wants to play Premier League football, and the Championship just doesn’t have enough pull to attract those special players.
Both Yokuslu and Diagne have been impressive since joining the club but unfortunately it does feel as though the damage has already been done.
It’ll take a miracle for us to get out of this mess of a situation now, so it does look as though we’ll only get to enjoy the duo for a few more months.
They say you should never say never, but we won’t hold out breath.
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