West Brom have made excellent January signings and their relegation fate could have been avoided if they had joined last summer.
That is according to ex-Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Sam Allardyce fielded four January signings in the Baggies’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.
Allardyce replaced Bilic in December and Okay Yokuslu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Robert Snodgrass and Sunday’s goalscorer Mbaye Diagne were among his mid-season recruits.
West Brom are now 12 points from safety with 14 games left to play having won just one of their last 14 Premier League matches.
Agbonlahor claims West Brom are doomed to relegation but that it could have been avoided if they’d had their January signings for the whole season.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “If you look at it, they’ve left it too late. If these signings had come in at the beginning of the season then they’d have had a better chance.
“That midfield looks very good. They’ve got players now where you start to look at them and think they can pick up points.
“But it’s too little too late. They’ll live to regret that they didn’t bring in these players earlier.
“It was such a tough job for Sam Allardyce and now it just looks like a matter of time until they are relegated.”
Allardyce is yet to be relegated with a Premier League club in his 28-year managerial career.
He has taken charge of Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Everton and now West Brom in that time.