‘If recruitment is more right than wrong Albion have good chance of staying up’ says West Brom legend Batson

If West Brom boss Slavan Bilic can get his recruitment ‘more right than wrong’ then the Baggies have an excellent chance of staying in the Premier League next season – according to club legend Brendon Batson.

Albion have already added two new faces to their squad in the form of goalkeeper David Button and defender Cedric Kipre, with Matheus Pereira both signing permanent deals.

Bilic and technical director Luke Dowling are still working to bring in new faces, and they still have time to do that even after the season has kick off, due to the extension of the transfer window.

Speaking a few weeks ago, Batson backed Albion to go on and retain their status in the Premier League this coming season, however he insisted that the recruitment has to be more right than wrong for that to happen.

He said: “The league is such a moving beast when it comes to investment.

“Look at Villa, they invested big last season and only managed to just hold onto their status in the league.

“Then you’ve got the likes of Sheffield United whose manager had built a terrific team over a number of years, and added to it without upsetting the dynamic of the dressing room.

“Recruitment a lot of the time is putting a finger in the wind, even the top managers don’t get it right all the time but you need to get it more right than wrong.

“Recruitment would have started well into last season with Albion identifying plan A and plan B types of players.

“The problem with clubs of a similar ilk is that they are all fishing in the same pool, so for the players they are very much waiting to see where their best options lie.”

The amount being spent by the majority of clubs in the league is currently significantly lower than that of previous seasons, something that has been attributed to the financial drop caused by the Coronavirus crisis.

It will mean clubs will have to look closer to home to add to their squads, and maybe even promoting from within.

The former Albion defender has acknowledged that new faces need to be added, however he believes the players who dragged Albion back to the big time deserve a chance on the big stage.

He added: “The lads who got us up there deserve a chance to try and make their mark. Some will be able to cope, others may find it too much and that is down to the coaching staff.

“He is an experienced manager and if he gets the players he wants then they’ll have a good chance.

“But I think the players there will grow into it, some of had experience of it before but some haven’t.

“There are some terrific flair players already at Albion and young players who are ready to step up.

“It is important the team already there can stake a claim and then they can be pushed along by any new additions. It is a fine balance.”

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