Albion boss Steve Clarke today hailed Jonas Olsson’s form and dismissed fears that the Sweden international could leave in the summer.
The Hawthorns head coach insisted he was not concerned about a get-out clause in Olsson’s Baggies contract – and praised the 30-year-old’s performances.
Olsson has an escape clause in his contract allowing him to leave for £3.5m in the summer, but it is believed it can only be triggered by a small number of specified high-profile clubs across Europe.
“He’s a key player for the club and he’s been a key player for a number of years,” said Clarke.
“Not everybody plays to their maximum level every week throughout the course of the season. That’s normal. He’s an important part of the team. He has good weeks and weeks when he’s not so good. But that applies to every player.”
Asked whether he feared the get-out clause becoming an issue, Clarke said: “Like I said in January, no I don’t.”
Meanwhile, centre-back Craig Dawson is back at The Hawthorns after a three-month loan at Bolton, who he helped to climb into the Championship play-off frame.
Clarke said: “It was a good loan because it worked really well for Craig and for Bolton because their season seemed to turn. It worked out well for everybody.”