This summer was rife with transfer activity for West Brom. More players came in than went out, yet the Baggies still made a profit thanks to shrewd spending by Luke Dowling and co.
Three high-profile players left the club: Craig Dawson, Salomon Rondon, and Jay Rodriguez, but many fans will agree that a fair sum of money was handed over for each of them.
Some were worried that their replacements either weren’t going to come in on time or weren’t going to be at the same level. This was especially the case with Jay Rodriguez, who impressed alongside Dwight Gayle (also departed) last season, scoring 44 goals between them.
However, Charlie Austin was signed from Southampton for £4m on deadline day to put everyone’s minds at rest. Austin is a prolific goalscorer in the Championship and could very easily become a contender for the Golden Boot, but some would argue that his injury record could make him a gamble.
While we’ve not yet seen our latest signings out on the pitch, some of the players we sold have all featured for their respective clubs; let’s see how they got on.
Salomon Rondon - Dalian Yifang
Salomon Rondon was sold to Dalian Yifang for around £16.5m and the Venezuelan was more than happy to be linking up with his former manager, Rafa Benitez.
The two seem to have a strong bond, and that shows out on the pitch too; Rondon has featured four times thus far and scored three goals while creating two assists. It’s safe to say that he hasn’t lost his spark.
Craig Dawson - Watford
Craig Dawson was finally sold to Watford after a miserable season, but his debut at the weekend didn’t quite go to plan.
He was marked out as one of the worst players on the pitch and was widely slated by Watford fans, who dubbed him ‘Championship standard’. Both Dawson and Watford will be desperately hoping that things get better from here – they surely couldn’t get any worse…
Jay Rodriguez - Burnley
Jay Rodriguez was sold to Burnley for £5m almost immediately; it looked like a transfer that had been in the works for some time. He had been a great servant to the Baggies, so fans could accept his reasons behind returning to his boyhood club.
His debut for Burnley came at the weekend in their 3-0 win over Southampton. Rodriguez came on for Ashley Barnes, who had bagged a brace but didn’t quite have enough time to make an impact.
Having said that, the 30-year-old still looks sharp and agile for his age, and will likely be a key part of Burnley’s campaign this season.
Allan Nyom - Getafe
It seemed that everybody was relieved when Nyom was finally sold; he’d been surplus to requirements for a while before Getafe finally made a permanent offer believed to be in the region of £2m.
Getafe haven’t started their La Liga campaign yet, but Allan Nyom has featured in some of their friendly matches and looked sharp. He struggled in England, so La Liga might be where we see him flourish.