Dowling delighted with January signings

Luke Dowling, Albion’s Sporting and Technical Director, says the Club fought off “heavy competition” to land the four new recruits during the January transfer window.

Luke has been assessing the Baggies' efforts during a window which began with Mason Holgate arriving from Everton and making an immediate impact.

But that was swiftly followed by the recall of Harvey Barnes, who had been such an impressive figure in the first half of the campaign, to his parent club Leicester City.

Dowling and his scouting team, now led by Chief Scout Ian Pearce, were working up until the last minutes of Thursday night to get attacking wide men Jacob Murphy and Jefferson Montero and midfielder Stefan Johansen ‘over the line.’

Luke has been talking to WBA TV to give fans his thoughts on what was his first transfer window since arriving in late September, and he feels Albion have plenty to be pleased about.

“As a club, we’re delighted with the business we’ve done,” he said.

”The four players we’ve brought in help us. I think it’s easy to forget Mason at the start of the window because of the excitement of the last day, but the players we’ve signed in total have left us really pleased.

“We had to fight off some heavy competition. Even when word got out that Everton were willing to release Mason to get him more game time and develop him as a player, two Premier League teams and competition from in and around us in the top half of the Championship wanted him. And to be fair there was more financial gain for Mason in some offers.

“We had the same with young Jacob and Stefan, but they’ve seen the project that we’re on at Albion, they’ve seen how Darren works and what we want to do as a club. 

“And I don’t think we can ignore they’ve seen the quality of players we’ve got in the squad. They know they are coming in to join a group of very good players.”

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