West Brom need to make “four or five” more signings after Robert Snodgrass to have any chance of staying in the Premier League this season.
That is the view of former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the Scotland international’s move is better for the player than the club.
The 33-year-old completed his switch from West Ham on Friday in what is the Baggies’ first foray into the winter transfer window.
Welcome to West Bromwich Albion, @robsnodgrass7! ✍️
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) January 8, 2021
Snodgrass arrives at the Hawthorns with 163 games of Premier League experience under his belt, making him the fourth-most experienced player in terms of top-flight appearances behind Branislav Ivanovic, Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs.
Howeve, Whelan, who was with the winger at Livingston, has insisted there is still a long way to go for Sam Allardyce this month if he wants to save the Baggies from the drop.
“Look, this isn’t gonna save West Brom, let’s get that straight,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“West Brom are going to be getting a lot of player there for whatever they’re going to be paying.
“It will help them, it might guile the other players around with him being there, with him being experienced, it’s just a better move for Snodgrass than it is for West Brom.
“It’s not going to save them, that’s my issue here. They’re bringing in a really experienced player that’s going to bring some quality to the side, but it’s not enough.
“It’s not enough, they need to go buy four or five players if they’re to give themselves even a glimmer of a hope.”
West Brom currently sit 19th in the Premier League table after just one win this season.
The Baggies have lost 3-0 to Aston Villa, 5-0 to Leeds and 4-0 to Arsenal since Allardyce’s arrival, though they did draw 1-1 with reigning champions Liverpool.