West Brom have seen numerous players join on loan, spend some time at the Hawthorns and then go on to do other things elsewhere such as Conor Gallagher, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Okay Yokuslu to name just a few from last season.
One player that had a temporary spell at the Midlands club that they will now be wishing they had managed to sign on a permanent deal is winger Serge Gnabry, who joined on loan from Arsenal back in August 2015 when Tony Pulis was in charge of the Baggies.
During his time at the Hawthorns, the German made just three senior appearances with three for the U23s as well before returning to Arsenal in February 2016. With no goals to his name in a Baggies shirt, it’s safe to say that his time at the Midlands club was not particularly successful.
However, despite that, the club will now be wishing they took a bigger chance on the attacker and kept him in their squad on a permanent basis.
Having played in 33 games across the Bundesliga and the Champions League this season, the former Baggies loan dud has chipped in with 13 goals and six assists, highlighting just how much of a deadly attacking threat he has become and why he’s been described as a “weapon.”
Back in February 2016, shortly after his stint with the Baggies, Transfermarkt rated the winger’s market value listed at £2.7m, whereas it now stands at a massive £63m, highlighting a significant increase of 2233%.
This backs up what Rio Ferdinand had to say about the former Arsenal prospect when he claimed that he couldn’t think of any other player with an upward trajectory as “sharp” as Gnabry’s.
With the benefit of hindsight, it’s safe to say that Pulis and West Brom had a diamond of a player on their hands back in 2015 that they let slip through their grasp which they surely are having nightmares about now.