West Bromwich Albion were surprisingly busy in the January transfer window as Slaven Bilic bolstered his squad with three new additions.
The Baggies added forward Callum Robinson from Sheffield United on loan, veteran winger Kamil Grosicki in a permanent switch from Hull City and Cardiff City defender Lee Peltier on a free transfer, perhaps being the shock one of the three.
It also has an eerily similar feel to a move that former boss Darren Moore made last season.
The current Doncaster Rovers chief also looked to bolster Albion’s squad this time last year, and with them losing out on Harvey Barnes following his recall to Leicester City, they were desperate for additions.
But it was his call to extend the contract that matches up with the situation involving Peltier.
The Baggies had veteran defender Tyrone Mears on their books on a short-term contract, and every time it was about to expire, Moore extended it. Almost a year to the day he did that for one final time before he was sacked a short while later.
Mears’ presence seemed pretty irrelevant considering he only made ten appearances in the Championship all season and was part of the playoff side that lost to Aston Villa.
Now Bilic has acted to bring in similar experience, signing the 33-year-old on a free transfer, but he must ensure that it is somewhat worthwhile this time around otherwise he is wasting wages – money that could be used to up their lucrative offer to a full-back of the future in Nathan Ferguson.
It yet remains to be seen what sort of role the former Bluebirds defender will have this season, he has already played 25 times in the league this campaign and is available for this weekend’s trip to Millwall – but will he start above Darnell Furlong or Jack O’Shea? Only time will tell.
And in other news, West Brom have missed an opportunity to sign the next Luka Modric…