Danny Mills has claimed Sam Allardyce will use his trademark tactic of handing the West Brom squad a “clean slate” to show him why they should be in the team.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley, the former Leeds and England defender suggested the Baggies will not be very busy during the January transfer window.
Allardyce was appointed West Brom manager last Wednesday after Slaven Bilic was sacked despite earning a creditable 1-1 draw with Manchester City the night before.
This site revealed following the 66-year-old’s appointment that he hoped to make Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins his first signing next month.
However, Mills has warned that the 31-year-old will not be followed by a mass influx of arrivals.
He told Football Insider: “Sam will go in there and go ‘It’s a clean slate. I’ve watched all your games, I know what you’re all about but if I see people working hard in training, if I see people giving me everything, you’ve got a chance.’
“It doesn’t matter what the last manager thought. This is now a fresh start.
“If people don’t want to buy into it and are not on board with it then that’s down to them.
“If they can identify what they need and find players that are better than what they’ve got already then they’ve got to try and get them at the right price, with Covid and everything else players aren’t necessarily keen to move and clubs aren’t willing to let them go.
“I wouldn’t expect an influx of players into the football club – this may well be what he’s got is what he’s got and he’s going to have to work with that.”
Allardyce did not make any changes in the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa from the side that drew against Man City.