West Brom were not in a position to spend this summer due to the structure of Matheus Pereira’s sale, whilst they also expected to lose Sam Johnstone.
Even though Albion have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season under new boss Valerien Ismael, fans were frustrated by the lack of support the Frenchman was given in the window.
Whilst signings were made, the club didn’t pay a fee for any player, with the deals all loans or free transfers.
And, the Express & Star have given an insight into why that was the case, as they reveal that the deal that saw Pereira move to Al-Hilal saw the Baggies receive just £4.25m initially, with the same amount to be paid over the next few years in the £17m transfer.
Additionally, they claim that the club had been expecting to cash in on Johnstone, but whilst there was interest in the England keeper, no suitable offer arrived, meaning he has remained at The Hawthorns.
Therefore, with owner Guochuan Lai unwilling to put any money into helping the team, Ismael has had to work on a restricted budget.
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You can totally understand why Albion fans have been frustrated at the lack of investment this summer because the squad does look short in one or two key areas.
There will be questions about the owner, although the support have known for some time that he isn’t going to pump cash into the team.
But, the one pleasing factor for West Brom is that Ismael has been brilliant. He hasn’t used this as an excuse and is getting the most out of the players he is working with, as the team have been fantastic so far this season.
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