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Comment: Slaven Bilic calm in transfer window

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

He has said he would like to add a couple of ‘quality’ players to his squad this month.

But Slaven Bilic is in no rush to make signings during the January transfer window – and rightly so.

Currently sat with a nine point cushion in the automatic promotion places, it’s important to remember the Baggies have – by and large – been sensational this term.

Okay, results have dipped in their last four Championship outings.

But that is largely down to the hectic festive schedule and the unfortunate injuries they have picked up.

The truth is – as it stands – Albion have a cracking squad full of talented players that should be good enough to get them over the line and into the Premier League.

That doesn’t mean Bilic is resting on his laurels. It does, though, allow him to navigate the window as he sees fit.

Reading between the lines, its appears Bilic is working from two lists of targets.

The first consists of players he genuinely believes will improve Albion.

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Players thought to be of interest include Jarrod Bowen at Hull and Charlton’s Lyle Taylor – two outstanding Championship players who potentially could shine in the Premier League.

Neither of them would be cheap and both deals would be complicated to complete with good players like that always having multiple options.

But money is there. And if any primary targets become available, Albion will do everything they can to land them.

The second list is all about contingency should either Grady Diangana or Nathan Ferguson depart.

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The noises coming out of West Ham are that Diananga will remain an Albion player for the duration of the season.

But the Hammers could change their mind and recall the winger – with the Premier League side having until January 27 to do so.

Equally uncertain is the future of Ferguson with Albion potentially forced into a position where they have to try and sell him if he continues to refuse to sign the five-year deal on the table.

While it is frustrating, the futures of both players could drag on into the latter stages of the month, it doesn’t mean Albion don’t have a plan in place if they do depart.

Targets have been identified, ground work has been done. And things will move very quickly should either Diangana or Ferguson depart.

There is no doubt fans are eager to see the Baggies make signings this month.

But there is no drastic need if the squad stays as it is.

Albion have strength in depth with the likes of Ali Al-Habsi, Dara O’Shea, Rekeem Harper, Chris Brunt, Gareth Barry, and Kenneth Zohore having all barely featured this season. The squad does not need boosting in size.

Instead, Bilic and technical director Luke Dowling can focus on adding quality to Albion’s squad.

First and foremost, though, their aim, is to keep hold of what they have got.

Do that and Albion have a great chance of being a Premier League side next year.

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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