West Brom’s 2018/19 season came to a close on Tuesday night as the club lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to Aston Villa.
The Baggies lost on penalties after the tie ended 2-2 at the end of extra-time in the second-leg.
It was West Brom’s first season back in the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League in 2018.
Following their relegation, West Brom had to make sure that their summer recruitment was right in order to mount a push for an instant return to the top-flight under the management of Darren Moore.
Although, Moore was sacked in March following a string of poor performances and results, leaving James Shan in charge for the final few months of the campaign – including the play-offs.
But, speaking of recruitment, just how good were West Brom’s signings in the summer of 2018? We have gone back through each of them and given a grade of A-F on how the signing has worked out.
Kyle Bartley: C
Far more was expected of Barley when he came in. He was supposed to be a solid Championship centre-back, but he ended up being far from it. Too many errors in his game.
Harvey Barnes: A
Had Barnes not been called back in January, West Brom may have been promoted. He was exceptional after joining on loan from Leicester, turning up in key moments with goals or assists. He was a game-changer.
Sam Johnstone: B+
Although he has had his bad moments, Johnstone had a fairly solid season on the whole. He also produced some incredible saves to earn West Brom crucial points.
Tosin Adarabioyo: D
He joined on loan from Manchester City and simply failed to impress. He didn’t look up to the standard of the Championship at right-back or centre-back.
Dwight Gayle: A+
Gayle was a superb signing. The forward scored 23 goals in the Championship and scored one of the best goals I have ever seen when he produced a moment of magic against Stoke.
Tyrone Mears: C
He came in on a free to do a job, which was to be a back-up option. He did that to a reasonable degree. Mears wasn’t brilliant, but he wasn’t awful either.
Jonathan Bond: C
Hard to judge Bond, given that he was just a back-up all season and only got a couple of run outs in the cup competitions.
Conor Townsend: C
Joined for around £750k and didn’t really look comfortable, in all honestly. He played back-up to Kieran Gibbs, but had quite a few shaky moments at the start of the season.
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