Albion boss Steve Clarke today hailed the reaction of his out-of-favour stars and insisted they will play their part in the Baggies’ season.
Clarke has left the likes of captain Chris Brunt, James Morrison, Shane Long and Nicolas Anelka on the substitutes’ bench in recent weeks.
But the Hawthorns head coach insisted his whole squad is pulling together in a bid to extend Albion’s five-match Premier League unbeaten run.
“The training sessions at the moment reflect that,” said Clarke. “The training sessions are intense because the players who are not in at the moment are trying to show me that they want to be in the team.
“That’s all they can do. For some it’s a new experience and for others it’s an experience they’ve probably had before but at the moment I am really pleased with the attitude of the group.
“The ones that aren’t selected are helping the ones that are and if they can continue that we will pick up many more points.”
Clarke admitted the influx of new signings on transfer deadline day had inspired his side’s upturn in fortunes, but he insisted established Hawthorns stars have also played an important part.
“It is down to players coming in because results since then have improved,” said Clarke. “But it’s not just down to those players. It gave a lift to everybody who was already here because we felt in the first three games that we were lacking strength in depth in one or two positions.
“When you bring in good players as we did it gives everybody a lift and performances reflect that.
“We certainly won’t forget the players who were here before. People like Morrison, Brunt and Long have been fantastic for this club and they are close to being involved in the team all the time.
“They are on the bench at the moment but this week, next week or the week after could be different. That’s the way it should be with good competition for places.”