Albion boss Steve Clarke today backed little-known new-boy Morgan Amalfitano to emerge as a Premier League surprise package.
The 29-year-old France international signed on loan from Marseille on the day the Baggies splashed out a potential £12m on Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe.
But while the purchases grabbed the headlines, Clarke believes the lower-profile Frenchman will make his presence felt.
“I think Morgan will surprise one or two people because he’s a good player,” said Clarke.
“He’s played for Marseille for the last couple of seasons and he’s a Champions League quality player.
“He’s probably a name not many people knew about. But I’ve seen him over a number of years going into Europe and watching games.
“He’s a player who works hard and is very good technically, understands his position and hopefully he can be a good surprise.”
Albion’s fourth deadline-day signing was goalkeeper Lee Camp, who joined on a short-term contract to cover for injured No.1 Ben Foster.
But while the former Derby and Nottingham Forest man is unlikely to stay beyond January, Clarke is urging him to put pressure on Wales No.1 Boaz Myhill.
“He has experience of the league, he was in with Norwich last year and can dip in when required,” said Clarke.
“At the moment Boaz is in possession of the jersey and I hope he can have a great 12 weeks.
“But Lee’s part of the squad and will challenge Boaz and Luke Daniels for the position. He’s experienced enough to be able to put them under pressure and good enough as well.”