The last day of this year's summer transfer window began with speculation as to who Albion would bring in to strengthen the first-team squad, yet as the deadline approached it became as much a case of who we might lose out on writes blogger Warren Stephens.
I think many Albion supporters, myself included, were shocked to learn of Shane Long's projected £5m switch to Hull.
Peter Odemwingie's inevitable departure brought to a close a sad final chapter of his stay at the club and Albion's brief flirtation with- but eventual failure to secure - Romelu Lukaku on a second loan spell will have left many Albion fans feeling a tinge of disappointment on a day on which, it's easy to forget, we broke our transfer record twice.
In reality, I don't think it was a bad day's work. I'd actually argue it's been a very decent summer's work. We've lost Gabriel Tamas, Gonzalo Jara, Jerome Thomas, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Odemwingie and Lukaku. The last two are obviously huge voids for Albion to fill or, put differently, about 25 goals a season. However, we knew back in May that both players were most probably leaving, we weren't particularly financially compensated for that loss and with that in mind, they were always going to be nigh on impossible to replace.
However, I think if you'd have said at the beginning of the summer that we'd have recruited Nicolas Anelka and Scott Sinclair, most would've been suitably impressed. Furthermore I'm thrilled with the signing of Stephane Sessegnon, I sought out the view of a few Sunderland supporters on Sessegnon - a match-winner, a joy to watch and one of the most gifted players to ever wear a Sunderland shirt were some of the sentiments I stumbled across. Inconsistent was another, but he's certainly a talent and will bring a level of creativity we are evidently lacking at the moment.
Victor Anichebe was our other significant deadline-day signing. I have to confess I was a little taken aback by the price tag, I was also sceptical of 'Big Vic' purely on the pre-conception that he'd never nailed down a starting slot in an Everton side that's not been blessed with great strikers in recent seasons.
However the more I think about it, the more I warm to the idea. Big Vic is a big, powerful centre-forward - we've not done too badly out of those historically have we? He's certainly capable of winning matches as we've seen against us in the past and perhaps a move away from the club he's been at since he was a kid will move his career on.
He's coming into his prime years and if we think back to Sunday's game, he certainly brings to the squad something that we don't have and attributes that will allow us to vary our attacking threat in a way we couldn't against Swansea.
Morgan Amalfitano is a lesser known quantity but, let's face it, you don't play for France if you're rubbish (cue a poster reeling off a list of much maligned French one-cap wonders). Similarly Diego Lugano has fantastic pedigree - he has to be deemed an improvement on Gabriel Tamas. And Lee Camp will also bring some experience to the goalkeeping ranks in Ben Foster's absence.
If we could've snared Lukaku on a second-consecutive season-long loan spell I think most supporters would've been ecstatic. As it was he chose Everton, the suggestion being that they were willing to pay a higher loan fee than we were. Given we were happy to part such vast amounts of cash on Monday by our general standards, I can only speculate the eventual fee involved was a fairly silly amount for a loan.
On a more positive note, Shane Long's move failed to materialize. Less than a year ago Long was being linked to the likes of Liverpool, was producing match-winning performances and generally restricting Lukaku to substitute appearances. He's obviously had issues with injury and it's also becoming more apparent that it's difficult to accommodate him and Nicolas Anelka in the same starting XI- we looked slightly disfunctional playing 4-4-2 and Long's most definitely not a right winger.
It was almost inconceivable however, that he would be deemed surplus to requirements. Whether contractual issues came to a head, his injury problems are worse than are being reported or his loss of form persuaded Albion to sell, who knows? It'll certainly be interesting to see how the next few months pan out for him though.
If there's one issue that's slightly frustrated me over the summer, it's the sheer volume of derogatory and unsavoury remarks that have filled message forums and social networking space with regarding Jeremy Peace and the club's transfer policy.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not for one minute suggesting Peace is beyond criticism, Steve Clarke's obvious frustration in recent weeks should tell you our recruitment strategy isn't always perfect.
However, like him or loathe him, we're one of the most successful clubs in the country proportional to resources and I think sometimes when the criticism becomes personal or plain abusive, it's probably a little bit out of context with his overall contribution.
There are some much worse alternatives out there and I think the least Peace deserves it to be judged at the end of a transfer window and not subjected to continued attacks throughout each one. We might be bottom of the Premier League after three games, but things really aren't that bad.
For me, the negativity that's consumed a section of supporters over the last year or two has to stop if we're going to continue to progress as a club, otherwise we may end up spending our summers bemoaning the number of ex-Grimsby players we're linked with again rather than those who have played for Chelsea.
We've yet to score a Premier League goal, we've struggled to even create many chances, something has to change. Anelka, Long, Vydra, Rosenberg, Morrison, Brunt, Amalfitano, Anichebe, Sinclair and Sessegnon. Steve Clarke, it's over to you. Come on you Baggies!!