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Transfer Window Round Up - January 2014

Nathan Jones isn't happy. The majority of fans aren't happy. aren't particularly happy. To all intents and purposes this transfer window has if anything weakened the Albion. Not good with a play off battle ahead.

Out go three proven Championship players who were mainstays of the side that won League One and adapted to live in the second tier with such ease.

And in come four new signings, one for the development squad, one who has never played in England before and one who is a comedy figure to Tottenham fans and is now on his tenth loan spell with none of them being an overwhelming success.

No doubt we'll hear the usual excuse about Financial Fair Play etc but the fact that we had big money bids turned down for the likes of Lewis Grabban shows that money is there to spend. If it wasn't, we wouldn't have been able to meet his 1.1m release clause. That money remains presumably unspent.

A good transfer window then for counting the beans - particularly with the sale of Bridcutt - but it appears to have been an awful one in terms of aiding Oscar's bid for promotion.

Here's who came in and out in January 2014:

Liam Bridcutt - Sunderland
This really was a case of when rather than if. When Gus Poyet was in charge at The Amex he said Bridcutt could play for Real Madrid so it is no surprise he has taken him to Sunderland. A club record of fee of around 3m with the disappointment offset by the emergence this season of Rohan Ince.
Ashley Barnes - Burnley
The ultimate Marmite player who some will be happy to see go and others not. No doubt he repaid his 100,000 signing on fee with his goals and hard work when often asked to play wide. The fact we sold him to a play off rival remains baffling.
Adam El Abd - Bristol City
The arrival of Matt Upson heralded the end of his ten years at the Albion, being sold to League One strugglers Bristol City. He needed to play first team football and will get that at Ashton Gate. A loyal servant through the good and bad times who will be missed at The Amex.
George Barker - Swindon Town
Never really made the grade at the Albion, playing just a handful of games and failing to score in loan spells in the Football League with both Barnet and Newport County. For Swindon to pay money for him means they must have seen something we've all missed.
Dale Stephens - Charlton Athletic
Central midfielder who combines the game control of Bridcutt with the goals of Andrew Crofts having netted four times for struggling Charlton this season. Aston Villa attempted to sign him 18 months ago and he has an eye for the spectacular, with goals and bicycle kick passes in his repetoire.
David Rodriguez - Celta Vigo
The latest Spanish player to move to The Amex is a centre forward from Celta Vigo. Scored 26 times in 71 one games for Celta and 13 in 37 on-loan to Sporting Gijon in the second tier last season. A goal scoring record not too dissimilar to a certain Senor Ulloa.
Jonathan Obika - Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham striker who has never played a game for their first team, having been shipped out on no less than nine different loan deals before his latest bringing him to The Amex. Spurs fans seem to have no idea why he is still at White Hart Lane but he is off the mark for the Albion, scoring at Port Vale.
Jeffrey Monakana - Preston North End
Former Arsenal youngster who has spent the last two seasons at Preston playing 38 times and scoring four goals. Having just completed a successful loan spell at Colchester, the Albion have picked him up for an undisclosed fee with it looking likely he will spend his time in the development squad.




  • The Liam Bridcutt situation is resolved and 3m is a good fee for an unsettled player we have done without so far this season.
  • David Rodriguez has a similar profile to Leonardo Ulloa. Fingers crossed for the same effect.

  • Speaking of Senor Ulloa, he is still at the club.



  • Three proven Championship players gone and only one bought in - the squad is without a doubt weaker.
  • Ashley Barnes' goals replaced by two players unproven in this division.
  • Craig Conway signs for Blackburn. No wide midfielder comes in despite Kazenga LuaLua and Will Buckley's injury proneness
  • Sell Adam El Abd, don't sign a replacement. What happens if Greer or Upson end up suspended or injured?