After what has been a frustrating season thus far, Jefferson Montero must have been delighted to seal a switch to West Bromwich Albion on deadline day.
After Swansea City’s relegation to the Sky Bet Championship last season, the Ecuadorian winger became a bit part player under Graham Potter, making 12 substitute appearances and failing to make a single league start for the Welsh club this term.
When the call came from Darren Moore, it must have been a breath of fresh air for the 29-year old. A chance to play for an attack-minded team that are well and truly in the hunt for automatic promotion must have been too good of an opportunity to turn down.
Thus far, Montero is yet to make an appearance for the Baggies after failing to come off the bench in their 3-2 home defeat to Middlesbrough last week, but will be eager to make an impact at The Hawthorns sooner rather than later.
But after recent updates, could Montero’s excitement at a new opportunity be short-lived? The Baggies already have a plethora of impressive wide options in Jacob Murphy and Hal Robson-Kanu, but with Matt Phillips set to return to training this week, competition for places is hotting up for sure.
The latter has been incredible for West Brom this season, scoring five goals and seven assists for Moore’s men who have missed his pace and power down the right flank, since his spell on the sidelines through injury.
As Albion look to get their push for promotion back on track, Phillips is likely to come in and reclaim his place in the Baggies’ line-up, which could mean that game-time could become limited for Montero once again this season.
It’ll be a huge battle to see who starts in that left-wing position, but the Ecuadorian will have to step up his game if he is to make it his own…