Billy Jones reckons Albion’s new look will leave Premier League opponents guessing when they get back to business this weekend.
Albion resume action at Stoke in a Midlands derby that was billed as the ultimate “culture clash” during the Tony Pulis era.
Saturday’s clash will see Albion facing for the first time Stoke’s changing style under Mark Hughes after years of coping with the unique style of the Pulis team.
Jones says: “Maybe Stoke’s style of play has changed. I saw them on TV this season and it did seem like that. Some of the new signings they’ve brought in are good. Any games you go into against Stoke you know it’ll be tough. We’ll do the video analysis and know exactly what we’re facing.”
But the rush of new Albion signings has left head coach Steve Clarke with so many options Jones believes there will be just as much mystery about the Baggies.
“That’s an advantage,” he adds. “That’s why it’s such a great thing that we have such a strong squad. The players we have on the bench, even those who miss out on the 18, are strong. As players in the starting XI you have to perform well. The gaffer will make changes and if it’s not working that’s a given.”