West Brom have completed two more signings on the eve of deadline day, confirming deals for Arsenal fullback Kieran Gibbs and PSG defensive midfielder Gregorz Krychowiak as new arrivals at the Hawthorns.
Tony Pulis has already spent £40m this summer improving his squad, with some supporters suggesting they lack the consistency as well as all-round quality to break into the top-eight.
RB Leipzig’s exciting attacking talent Oliver Burke, Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez and Everton midfielder Gareth Barry were all signed – as well as defensive cover with Ahmed Hegazy signed on a season-long loan from Al-Ahly.
The Baggies also managed to retain captain Jonny Evans from the clutches of Manchester City and Arsenal at present. Both sides registered formal interest in the player, as did Leicester City at one stage too.
Talented teenage winger Jonathan Leko has joined Championship side Bristol City on a season-long loan to gain invaluable senior experience and things are looking promising to say the least from WBA’s perspective.
Gibbs’ words on joining Pulis’ ever-improving squad: “You always associate this club with the Premier League and that’s where I want to play my football.”
“There’s always a decision to make but I went with my gut feeling. You hear speculation and stories but when it comes down to it, you go with what you think is best. I spoke to the manager and he convinced me – I thought this move suited me best.”
Krychowiak echoed Pulis’ influence in helping him decide to play for West Brom, despite interest from a whole host of other European sides.
“I’m very happy to be here. I had a lot of propositions from Spain and Italy but I chose the Premier League because it’s a new challenge for me. This is a very ambitious club, I met the players and there is a very good atmosphere. I spoke with the coach – he is an optimits and I am too.”
Despite both having represented their respective nations at senior level, Krychowiak especially will be hoping that he can perform at a consistent level this season and secure his place on the plane to Russia next summer ahead of the World Cup.