West Brom boss Hodgson: I thought McAuley signing was mistake
But six months after McAuley's arrival from Ipswich, Baggies boss Hodgson is hailing the 32-year-old Premier League rookie.
Hodgson said: "He's done very well and I'm so pleased to see it because when he suffered from that virus we had grave fears.
"I thought to myself, 'Surely he was a better player than he is now - this isn't the player that I thought I was signing'.
"Luckily, now I have the player I always thought I was signing."