Albion boss Steve Clarke today hailed Graham Dorrans’ reaction to his first-team axe and insisted he is not worried about player exits in January.
Clarke praised Dorrans’ attitude after the Scotland international and former Albion player-of-the-season failed to make the matchday squad for the Baggies’ last three games. And the Hawthorns head coach believes it is too soon to worry about potential January bids for his out-of-favour stars.
Dorrans enjoyed a promising pre-season but was unable to carry that form into the Premier League campaign and has slipped down the pecking order following an influx of new signings late in the summer transfer window.
“Graham knows the situation,” said Clarke. “He knows where he is and he works well in training every day. He actually asked to play in the last Under-21s game. He came to me and said ‘gaffer, I need a game’.
“That tells you he is in a positive frame of mind and wants to keep himself in good shape.
“At the moment there are no big issues.”
Dorrans is one of several senior players struggling to force their way into Clarke’s plans with Markus Rosenberg, Steven Reid and Goran Popov failing to make recent squads.
But Clarke insisted he is not currently considering losing them in January.
“I don’t even think about the transfer window at this stage,” said Clarke.
“When I get to December I will start to think about the January transfer window and have conversations about players.
“I’m not sure how many games we’ve got between now and the transfer window opening but those players who are on the sidelines now will possibly be back in the team by then and we will be talking about a different set of players.
“It’s too early to be speculating and talking. In December there is a conversation we can have about the transfer window.
“Since the end of August the performances have been good. We’re pleased with the performances but a bit disappointed with the points we’ve picked up.”