West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is a transfer market wizard and a “forward-thinking” manager who deserves more respect.
That is according to ex-England right-back Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after West Brom picked up a point against Manchester United on Sunday.
Four of Allardyce’s January recruit started the 1-1 draw — Robert Snodgrass, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne.
Diagne, a loan signing from Galatasaray, scored West Brom’s goal and fans and pundits generally agreed that it was a vindicating display for Allardyce’s transfer strategy.
Mills claims that Allardyce is a transfer market master and that his brand of football is far better than he is given credit for.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “You don’t attract top players if you’re a mug or if you’re just a long-ball merchant. You look at the players he’s had, Hierro, Anelka, Jay-Jay Okocha.”
“If you sit down and talk to Sam, he’ll tell you that when he went across to America and he saw them training and asked ‘Hang on a minute, why have they got all this technology? Why have they got all this sports analysis? I want this in football. Why can’t we have specific trainers for forwards, for fitness, nutritionists?’
“Sam brought that and no one had done that in football at the time. It was incredibly forward-thinking. But people just think he’s just a dinosaur, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“When you sit down and talk to him about his journey through football, he’s incredibly knowledgable.”
Despite their positive result on Sunday, West Brom are without a win in their last six Premier League games.
If they are to beat the drop, the Baggies will need to make up a 12-point gap between themselves and 17th-placed Newcastle.