West Brom boss Tony Pulis is looking to partially rectify a terrible summer transfer window by bringing in a couple of free agents, but they’re unlikely to settle the troubled atmosphere at the recently-sold Black Country outfit.
Marouane Chamakh, scorer of 15 goals in 102 Premier League appearances, seven of them in his first four months at Arsenal during 2010/11, only lasted 26 minutes of a friendly against Delhi Dynamos before succumbing to injury, according to a report from Sky.
Former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko was also handed a trial by Pulis, despite the 31-year-old being dropped by Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenua in February and having spent long periods without a club in recent seasons.
Such is Pulis’ desperation to get in numbers after landing the joint-fewest summer signings in the Premier League during the summer, and arguably the least inspiring.
The markets still have faith in the Welsh gaffer’s ability to steer West Brom clear of relegation, more so following their respectable haul of four points from the first three matches of the campaign, with bwin offering punters 10/3 about the Baggies dropping out of the top flight at the end of this term.
However, after becoming the fourth West Midlands outfit in the top two tiers to be taken over by Chinese consortia over the summer, and given Pulis’ skedaddle from Crystal Palace two years ago, they look as vulnerable to the drop as any side at present.
The 58-year-old at least made it to the close of the transfer window this time, having left Palace long before the last signing of 2014 took place after failing to receive what he believed to be adequate backing from the Selhurst Park board.
Chamakh and Sissoko’s potential captures underline how badly West Brom did during the daftest transfer window on record, with the signings of Nacer Chadli, Matt Phillips, Allan Nyom, Hal Robson-Kanu and Brendan Galloway a poor showing considering some of the business done this summer by their bottom-half competitors.
If they struggle, Pulis has an excuse to leave, an eventuality that would see West Brom’s relegation odds fall off a cliff.