Sam Allardyce’s first full West Brom squad following the end of the January transfer window made for interesting reading.
There was no room for Kamil Grosicki, and that’s before deadline day loan duo Okay Yokuslu and Ainsley Maitland-Niles even became involved.
It begs the question – just why was he not offloaded before Monday?
According to reports in Poland, there was late interest in the 32-year-old winger from Ligue 1 outfit Dijon and it was claimed that the Polish international was desperate to leave as he won’t get enough game time to impress ahead of the Euros this summer.
Whilst Allardyce himself claimed the veteran rejected the chance to join Championship outfit, Nottingham Forest.
Grosicki has now been snubbed from Big Sam’s squad three times in a row, whilst he’s only started twice in the Premier League all season, via Transfermarkt.
With Charlie Austin on loan at QPR, the winger is now the second-highest earner (£50k-per-week) behind Branislav Ivanovic (£66.5k-per-week) at the club.
It seems an awfully poor decision to keep him around considering he’s not getting games and perhaps that money could’ve gone towards a move valuable addition.
The former Hull City man wasn’t even involved as the Baggies were defeated by Sheffield United earlier in the week, so when Maitland-Niles and Yokuslu are in line to feature at Tottenham on Sunday, two more names will need to make way.
During his time at the Tigers, the Poland ace was dubbed “unplayable” by ex-teammate Jackson Irvine and a “threat to anyone” by former boss Nigel Adkins, yet we’ve never seen that come to fruition for Albion.
There wasn’t a better time for Luke Dowling to offload the rarely-seen flop than over the past four weeks, now Guochuan Lai will have to continue to line the pockets of a player who just isn’t fancied by his manager.
That’s why it’s one foolish decision.