West Brom chairman defends club’s transfer policy
Jeremy Peace launched a vigorous defence of West Bromwich Albion’s transfer policy and hinted at further signings before the end of the summer window, reports the Express & Star.
The Baggies chairman insisted the club will be attempting to pull off further new signings in the next 10 days.
“We will remain busy until the end of the transfer window on August 31, trying to further strengthen the squad with players of the required quality,” said Peace, who has seen Albion land five new faces this summer in addition to signing two loanees on permanent deals.
“Unfortunately, any promoted club inevitably finds it difficult to improve its squad and, during this summer’s relatively quiet transfer window, it has been even more difficult to recruit the right players.
“And there is no point in signing the wrong players.”
The Baggies have committed around £7m in transfer fees this summer with Peace also seeing six players pen new, improved contracts.
And Peace is adamant the club are stretching their finances as far as possible.
“We have analysed our previous seasons in the Premier League and we are trying to implement the lessons from those.
“And, as a consequence, we believe that the squad will be stronger and, in particular, more experienced than it was two years ago.
“This is part of the long-term policy of the club, which is to improve our playing squad and our infrastructure year on year.
“To this end, since I became chairman in 2002, we have invested a net £38m in transfer fees and a further £12m in infrastructure developments at The Hawthorns and the training ground.
“I would stress that in terms of player recruitment, transfer fees are only a part of the costs. Wages continue to spiral, and so every player on our books also represents a commitment to pay wages into the future.
“We will continue to try to be inventive in the way we use our comparatively limited resources.”