Darren Moore was certainly busy during the summer transfer window, however, not all of his moves were the best ones.
West Bromwich Albion brought in a good mix of permanent and loan signings six months ago, with the likes of Sam Johnstone, Kyle Bartley, Conor Townsend, Dwight Gayle, Harvey Barnes and Tosin Adarabioyo all impressing when provided the opportunities.
However, not all of Moore’s moves have come off. Tyrone Mears was brought in on a free from Minnesota United, a struggling side in the Western Conference of the MLS, having also spent time at Seattle Sounders.
The former Jamaican international is now 35, and his best days are certainly behind him in his footballing career.
Mears does provide Moore with the option of playing three-at-the-back, as he is able to play the role competently and neither Mason Holgate or Adarabioyo could do so. However, when playing in a back-four, Mears simply does not offer the solidity needed in the Championship.
Despite starting the season with a back-three, Moore has reverted to a four in recent weeks, preferring Adarabioyo’s defensive nature, leaving Mears having just played just two minutes out of the last 11 Championship games.
As Moore perches in fourth place in the League, he will be well aware that to bolster The Baggies pursuit of automatic promotion, a right-back that offers both an attacking presence, as well as solidity at the back, could be required as neither Adarabioyo or Holgate are natural right-backs.
Unfortunately, Mears is no longer the player he was and with that in mind, Moore should look to bring do some further business this month as especially if West Brom do get promotion to the Premier League, it is more than likely Mears will have no choice but to play elsewhere.
For the benefit of Mears’ career too, as he will want to bow out of the game playing regular football, given the time period he has played for at a vast array of outfits, a move somewhere he could get lots of game time is seemingly the best option.
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