It was a chaotic Thursday in the West Midlands, where West Bromwich Albion scurried to complete their deadline day deals. After looking around vigorously to bolster their attack all month, the Baggies finally completed loan deals for Jacob Murphy, Jefferson Montero and Stefan Johansen.
With Darren Moore in desperate need of attacking talent, the addition of two skilfull wingers along with a commendable central midfielder will rescind his frustrations. Despite the Baggies losing out to promotion rivals Middlesborough at the weekend, they have something to look forward to. Montero and Murphy should draft into the starting XI soon, giving it pace as well as a cutting edge needed to sustain consistency in the Championship race.
Montero brings in a bag of trickery with his dribbling ability and knack of the spectacular, while young Murphy is also a pacy, creative player on the right. Johansen brings stability in their midfield, taking the pressure off Gareth Barry’s shoulders. Moore knows too well that goals are necessary to move up the Championship table.
The Baggies have maintained a decent defensive record and Mason Holgate’s addition improves their defensive state even more. However, Montero’s magic coupled with Murphy’s persistence up and down the wing is something that can help West Brom play attractive, decisive football until the end.
With Premier League promotion in the grasp, The Baggies will hope their last-minute swoops can light up the Hawthorns as well as give them a boost in the marathon at the top half of the Championship. Although Tony Pulis got the last laugh over the course of the weekend, West Brom’s late signings can prove they were right to move on from his dreadful brand of football while enjoying success.
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