West Bromwich Albion’s sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth revealed today that his club made a mammoth 29 bids to bring in a striker on loan during the January transfer window.
Of those bids, the loan of Carlos Vela from Arsenal was their only success. Vela wasn’t selected for West Brom’s 3-3 draw with West Ham at the weekend, but did feature in West Brom’s 2-2 draw with Wigan and 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
Players West Brom missed out on included John Carew (Aston Villa to Stoke), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea to Bolton) and Federico Macheda (Manchester United to Sampdoria). Both Carew and Sturridge have made goalscoring starts following their loan moves, while Vela is 0 goals in 2 games for the Baggies.
Along with Vela, West Brom have Peter Odemwingie, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Simon Cox as strikers on their books. Odemwingie has 9 goals in the league this season, with 7 of those coming against sides in the bottom half. They should be looking to call upon their Nigerian star for their relegation clashes for the remainder of the season.
Shortly after the transfer window shut, Roberto Di Matteo was sacked as West Brom manager on February 6th. Roy Hodgson takes charge of West Brom for the first time this weekend as they host rivals Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday. Hodgson has already lost one rivalry game this season; 0-2 at Goodison Park when in charge of Liverpool.
West Brom sit 17th in the table, 3 points ahead of their rivals who currently prop up the Premier League.