West Bromwich Albion could be about to make their first move in the January transfer market.
There is news from Sweden suggesting that free agent Martin Olsson is set to sign for the club, although conflicting reports suggest he’s only coming in for a trial period with a view to signing on for the remainder of the campaign.
It remains to be seen which is the case, but supporters have been discussing the prospect of signing him this month.
Plenty appeared to be against the move, starting with this fan who brandished it the ‘most underwhelming January signing we could make.’
Martin Olsson is possibly the most underwhelming January signing we could make, whats the betting he scores the goal that wins us promotion and goes down in club history? #wba
— MartyBear 🐻 (@followmartybear) January 13, 2020
Is this the same Olsson who previously turned us down when he did have something to offer ….. NO THANKS
— Kirk (@kirk1477) January 13, 2020
Sounds like a classic Baggies January signing to me
— Baggies Burger (@BaggiesBurger) January 13, 2020
Others hinged on Olsson’s injury history and lack of playing time as the 31-year-old hasn’t featured since December 2018.
A ruptured Achilles ruled him out for the season whilst under contract at Swansea City, where he was released in the summer.
The Swedish defender has been without a club since then.
Wait…am i reading this correctly? signing an injury prone defender as cover for an injury prone defender? 🤦♂️
— carl willis (@Baggieslad88) January 13, 2020
Bigger sick note than gibbs
— lunatics r running the asylum (@lunatics4_ever) January 13, 2020
In My local corner you can find an old pack of bacon 🥓 pass its sell by date 😱but this guy Olsson 400-days with out a game🤬noooo
— Patrick D’Aguiar (@PatrickDAguiar1) January 13, 2020
another left back with biscuit legs???
— dan gleebits (@PIEMAN_1962) January 13, 2020
One claimed Olsson was a bigger sick note than Kieran Gibbs, who himself faces an extended period on the sidelines over the next month or so, thus leading to manager Slaven Bilic making a move like this.
He was also labelled ‘biscuit legs’ and ‘injury prone’ by others.
Some supporters also considered the prospect of playing Chris Brunt there instead…
Gibbs has long periods out every year. Looking forward to next season, adding Olsson now would be a wrong decision imo. If you get players in they should be for the future —> PL level that is. Brunt can do the job, with Grady in front of him, not to many legs and overlaps needed.
— Amsterdam Baggie (@sean51861422) January 13, 2020
I rather brunt cover then him
— Steve corr (@CorrStevecorr) January 13, 2020
I’m ambivalent about this:
He used to be a good player, if he comes back to that then, looks good.
He’s on a free isn’t he so nothing lost.
But he’s not that much younger than Brunt who could still do a job at LB, plus you got him for Freeks etc.
Is he fit??
Prefer Brunt overall
— inderjit singh (@DesiBaggie) January 13, 2020
However, not everyone was totally against the move with many seeing is a smart addition with suitable cover needed for Gibbs.
‘Useful’ and ‘decent’ were two words used to describe Olsson.
Let’s face it Conor Townsend is no Kieran Gibbs and undoubtedly Kieran has major problem with hamstrings which have blighted his career. We need cover and Olsson used to be decent. Brunt doesn’t have the legs to play at left back.
— Jonathan Wedgbury (@JonathanWedgbu1) January 13, 2020
We’ve been after him for years on and off….good cover for Gibbs.
— Simon Smith (@SimonSm72898123) January 13, 2020
Yes. A useful squad member with a bag full of experience and considerable ability.
— Ian Moore (@IanMoore333) January 13, 2020
As cover to fill in for cup/ injuries , ok for a few games. To play every game, no. But in Slaven we have a manager who I believe we can trust implicitly. So if he brings him in, then ok.
— Wayne Ball (@WayneBa63372096) January 13, 2020
Solid plan to focus the coaches and physios on a complete punt rather than have them knocking down the TD’s door for actual signings. Genius by Dowling really.
— Baggies Burger (@BaggiesBurger) January 13, 2020
One supporter was quick to laud Dowling for making such a decision while others noted Olsson’s experience in the English game.
Per Transfermarkt, the veteran defender has made 197 appearances in the Premier League and has also featured 107 times in the second tier across spells with Swansea, Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers.
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The news has also led to comparisons to the signings of Tyrone Mears, Wes Hoolahan and Bakary Sako last season, who all rarely made an impact according to one fan.
It feels like a Tyrone mears signing.
— Alex Jennings (@Ajennings180684) January 13, 2020
2019 Mears. 2020 M Olsson
— Burto (@Butroswba) January 13, 2020
If theres any truth in this Martin Olsson rumour then will he end up being like Mears, Hoolahan and Sako last season in that they never really ended up making an impact #wba
— G-WBA (@LocalBaggiesFan) January 13, 2020