West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has criticised the club’s decision to sell Shane Long to Hull City in January, just days before the Baggies’ crucial relegation clash with Cardiff City, according to Wales Online.

Long scored the second goal and also won a penalty as Hull beat West Brom 2-0 on Saturday, to take a massive step towards avoiding relegation.

The Baggies meanwhile find themselves in deep trouble, and Foster remains perplexed at the club’s decision to sell the Republic of Ireland forward during the last transfer window.

“We had him and sometimes I think ‘why did we let him go?’ to be honest,” Foster said.

“It’s not even hindsight. He was one of our best players from the last couple of years.

“You’ve also got to look at the six months he would have given you. He would have given you six months of exactly what he does – hard work, 110 per cent.

“If you had asked the players, we would have liked to have seen him stay.

“It’s a business at the end of the day, so it’s out of our hands.

“There would have been a lot of takers for Shane and it’s disappointing that he’s no longer here. But we can’t look at that or blame that.”

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