Luke Dowling: ‘Albion way’ guides new West Brom signings search
Technical director Luke Dowling says Albion have identified transfer targets for the January window and beyond.
Working in conjunction with head coach Slaven Bilic, Dowling enjoyed a successful summer with the Baggies recruiting the likes of Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Romaine Sawyers and Matheus Pereira.
But while the recruitment team is pleased with the work they have done, they have already identified transfer targets for the short and long-term.
“We are very active in our scouting and recruitment plans, not only with January in mind but also the longer term,” Dowling said.
“One of the things I recall saying in my first days in the job was my intention to get this area of operation back to the ‘Albion way’, by which I mean exploring the market for those little gems who can re-energise the club and come here to improve us on the pitch.
“I’ve only had one full window so far but I’d like to think we’ve made a start in this area.
"I also like to think – and I say this without any criticism of what went before – that the scouting network we’ve now got in operation is in a better place to fulfil our targets.
“The proof will always be in the pudding and I accept we have only just started in this process.
“No-one is imagining for a second that we have achieved anything yet, but I know our supporters will respond to players who reflect their own values of hard work and dedication to the club.
"That will always be very important in our thinking in our recruitment plans.”
Meanwhile, there will be a minute's silence before Albion's game with Charlton tomorrow to mark Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Sunday takes place on November 10 this year.
But tomorrow's game is the only match Albion are playing at The Hawthorns during the remembrance period.
As well as holding a minute's silence, Baggies players will also wear shirts that feature a poppy.