West Brom managed to wrap up the signing of Jefferson Montero on loan from Swansea until the end of the season, in a deadline day triple swoop along with Stefan Johansen and Jacob Murphy, as revealed by the club’s official site.
Having lost all three of Harvey Barnes, Bakary Sako and Oliver Burke in the window, Darren Moore needed some reinforcements on the flanks, and he won’t have found a better out-and-out winger than the Ecuadorian flyer.
The 29-year-old failed to start a game for the Swans this season before his move to the Midlands, making just 12 Championship appearances from the bench for Graham Potter.
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He has, however, recorded three assists in those games, which is quite impressive given his lack of game time.
One thing that the winger guarantees any side he plays for is the ability to beat his man and get to the byline, where he often chips a cross to the back post with the forwards waiting eagerly.
Montero has bags of pace, and decent end product, and should ensure that Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez get a barrage of chances coming their way.
Well, he arrives at the same time as Murphy, who is also a winger, so the two will immediately be vying for a spot in the team.
However, as aforementioned, Moore did lose three wide players in January, so the addition of two quality wide men will be very welcome at the Hawthorns.
Gayle and Rodriguez play in a two up top, and are simply undroppable, so their places are safe. Perhaps, given his lack of quality in the final third, Welsh international Hal Robson-Kanu may be the one to make way for a pacier, more creative option in his position – he is a far more effective option from the bench anyway.