Swans weighed while Long lingers

News from the Hawthorns, by Terry Wills.

Transfer deadline day has come and gone – four  players signed amid frantic last minute wheeling and dealing but the question has to be, can they help propel the Baggies away from those dreaded relegation positions that based on the performance against Swansea would appear to be a distinct possibility?

Without question Swansea dominated from start to finish. They passed the ball with pace and accuracy while Albion did exactly the opposite. Scott Sinclair and Nicolas Anelka? Both need time and games to bed in although in Anelka’s case he did show glimpses of skilful ball control and ability to find a colleague in a potentially dangerous situation. Steve Clarke’s team selections are another bone of contention Why play Shane Long as a wide man when he’s a striker bought to score goals? At least he deserves to be given the chance which at present he’s being denied.

‘Nuff said. Let‘s move on.

We have new record signings in Stephane Sessegnow, Morgan Alamfitano and Victor Anichebe. Let’s hope that they can add something to the current dismal form. If not, I suspect every Baggies fan will be feeling very depressed.

Of course, the massive disappointment was the failure to bring Lukaku back to the Hawthorns on loan from Chelsea. No-one even considered the possibility that this could be on the cards but when the news broke that he wanted to rejoin Albion, every fan was in seventh heaven until Everton stepped in with a more lucrative offer. He was the player everyone craved but it wasn’t to be.

No game this week, giving time for Steve Clarke to incorporate his new signings time to decide what formation and tactics he’s planning for when the Greed League returns at Fulham.

To finish on a positive note: We’re only eight points behind Liverpool. Still plenty of time to catch them.

Pause for laughter.

Come on you Baggies.