West Brom chief has made this transfer claim after summer window
Luke Dowling is pleased enough with the recruitment drive West Brom managed to oversee in the summer transfer window – but the Albion sporting and technical director insists that the Baggies are far from the finished article.
Albion sold Craig Dawson, Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon in the summer, while they also moved on a number of fringe players as they sought to slash the average age of the senior squad.
The club also lost a number of key players who’d arrived on a loan basis, beginning with Harvey Barnes in January and then concluding the season having sent Dwight Gayle and Mason Holgate – among others – back to their respective parent clubs.
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Albion have made a number of acquisitions that have already had a positive impact in the first team under Slaven Bilic.
While recognising those promising displays – particularly from Semi Ajayi, Romaine Sawyers and Grady Diangana – Dowling has emphasised that the club still have plenty to do on the recruitment front in future.
“The departure of so many players – many of whom were locked in starters for the first team – saw us embark on an extensive rebuild as soon as we appointed Slaven,” Dowling told the club’s match-day programme.
“Nine new signings have enabled us to re-engineer the squad’s average age and add some much needed youth and energy to our ranks.
“It is by no means a process which is complete but I would argue that we have made some astute signings which have already established significant promise.
“Obviously I accept that the success of a transfer window can only be measured at the end of the season, but the signs are positive.”