West Brom made a big call to bring in Sam Allardyce in December but they failed to back that up with big signings in January.
Four players were brought in but for little expense, and their arrivals may have come a little bit too late.
In fact, the signings of Okay Yokuslu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on deadline day were only made possible by Sam Field and Cedric Kipre exiting the club.
Former Albion midfielder Carlton Palmer suggests the board were in a tricky position with regard to recruitment.
“Well, the problem is in the position that they’re in, it’s always dangerous, isn’t it?” he told Football FanCast.
“Do you overspend to try and stay in the Premier League? Because, you know, if you go down, you’re left with a big wage bill.
“And it’s not that easy, as we’ve seen, to get automatic promotion from the Championship, so I think it’s a balancing act.
“I think they would have taken that with a view when they brought Sam in.”
It is interesting to get a different perspective on our January transfer activity but Palmer is wide of the mark here.
Big Sam needed to invest in the squad as a number of our players simply were not up to the task of keeping us up.
The fact our loanees have made such a quick impact shows the Albion boss has a keen eye for a player, too.
Yokuslu has particularly impressed and it is frustrating he, along with Mbaye Diagne and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, was not brought in earlier.
If we had that trio available for Fulham and Sheffield United we may be a lot closer to survival.
Instead, Guochuan Lai once again restricted the budget so if we go down he must bear some of the blame.
The decision not to spend has backfired massively.
Making a major signing or two may have raised the wage bill but we will have parachute payments if we get relegated, so that mitigates some of the risk involved.
We hope Big Sam can pull off a miracle despite the constraints placed on him and the squad.
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