West Bromwich Albion’s transfer strategy has seemed uncoordinated at the best of times over recent years, with ever-changing managers and divisions leading to a lack of stability at the Hawthorns.
However, one of their more notorious disappointments has to be Salomon Rondon, who still remains in their top three most expensive signings ever having moved for a then club-record fee of £12m back in 2015.
Although the Venezuelan did have some good times at the club, his stint in the Midlands inevitably ended in their 2018 relegation and his abandonment of the now Championship side.
It means that the club had to fork out nearly £750k for every goal the “useless” forward – as dubbed by ITV’s Daniel Hewitt – scored.
Rondon drew in plenty of fans for his constant beaming smile and workmanlike play style, but just like he is showing at Everton now, his type of striker is becoming something of a dying art form.
Classic wrecking ball number nines are becoming increasingly obsolete, as are the managers that would typically seek to employ them. It could even be said that whilst at West Brom he fell victim to this cultural shift in mentality.
Considering they missed out on survival by just five points suggests that these misses proved costly.
The only saving grace was the fee they managed to recoup for him, as his £16.5m release clause was triggered by Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang in 2019.
However, it was at West Brom where his lack of proficiency cost not only their bank balance but their status in the top-flight.