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The 14 transfers of Steve Clarke – what the West Brom signings are doing now

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The latest transfer business we’re examining is that of Steve Clarke.

The Scot arrived at The Hawthorns in the summer of 2012, replacing England-bound Roy Hodgson and led the club to its highest-ever Premier League finish (something they’re set to equal this season).

As with all managers down the years at Albion, Clarke had his fair share of recruitment hits and misses.

Here take a look at each one of them individually and where they are today.

2012-13

Ben Foster

Albion’s best ever goalkeeper? It’s debatable, certainly. Having signed on loan initially from Birmingham City, Foster made his move a permanent one a year later.

Made more than 220 appearances – would’ve made more had it not been for injuries – in his seven years at the club, and left upon their relegation for former loan club Watford.

Yassine El Ghanassy

Never featured in a league game and only had limited minutes off the bench in cup matches, though was credited with a goal in the 4-2 win at Yeovil. Made 140 league appearances for parent club Gent, now plays for Nantes though he spent last season on loan in Saudia Arabia.

Yassine El Ghanassy
Yassine El Ghanassy
(Image: Copyright 2012 © Matthew Ashton/AMA)

Claudio Yacob

Spent sixth enjoyable seasons at the club and made 150 appearances. The fan favourite – with a terrace chant to the tune of a famous Billy Ray Cyrus song – lost his starting place to Jake Livermore once the England international joined from Hull City and never really recovered it.

Released at the end of his contract and signed for Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

Markus Rosenberg

Never scored in two seasons, which is a shame as he’s reached double figures for Malmo in five of the six seasons since he left Albion.

Subject of the #BackTheBerg campaign on social media, and though he combined well with Nicolas Anelka in pre-season 2013, it was form that never translated to the Premier League.

West Bromwich Albion's Marcus Rosenberg (right) and Wigan Athletic's Emmerson Boyce battle for the ball
West Bromwich Albion’s Marcus Rosenberg (right) and Wigan Athletic’s Emmerson Boyce battle for the ball

Romelu Lukaku

What needs to be said about Lukaku’s spell at The Hawthorns? A single season at The Hawthorns, and what a season.

Alas, his 17 goals put him in the shop window, and he moved to Everton – that’s despite the fact that he has since claimed he wanted a return to Albion.

This summer, of course, Rom made a move to Italy with Inter Milan – it’s thought his two transfer fees to Manchester United and now Inter combined exceed £150m.

Goran Popov

Signed for two successive loan spells. Average player, but one of the most memorable terrace chants. A less than memorable moment during his time in the Black Country involved that regrettable spitting incident with Kyle Walker.

Played for Vardar, the champions of Popov’s native Macedonia, for the last two years before hanging up his boots this past summer.

Pictures from the match between West Brom and Stoke
Pictures from the match between West Brom and Stoke

2013-14

Nicolas Anelka

Was a shock arrival, and left in underwhelming fashion, sacked after his Quenelle gesture.

Anelka retired after a season with Mumbai City and has since been coaching Lille’s youth team in his native France since.

Diego Lugano

The defender arrived with distinction, but left having failed to show he was an improvement on Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley.

Scored in Pepe Mel’s first game, the 1-1 draw with Everton, but also rugby tackled Christian Benteke in the penalty area at Villa Park days later.

Finished his career at Sao Paolo in Brazil, where he’d played previously and was an idol. Currently their director of institutional relations.

Albion's Diego Lugano and Liverpool's Luis Suarez
Soccer – Barclays Premier League – West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool – The Hawthorns
(Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

Matej Vydra

A bit of a super sub throughout his season with the Baggies, to rescue late points against Hull and Fulham. The Czech cost Derby around £8m from Watford two summers ago, before Burnley snapped him up last summer.

A proven scorer at Championship level, but the Premier League appears a step too far and, at any rate, chances weren’t in abundance during his time at The Hawthorns.

Scott Sinclair

Utterly forgettable season on loan from Manchester City, where his career had stagnated after an excellent time at Swansea.

Has reignited since moving north of the border to Celtic, but is no longer a guaranteed starter under Neil Lennon. Now 30, he’s currently taking up a bit-part role.

West Brom's Scott Sinclair (right) in action with Newport County's Robbie Willmott
West Brom’s Scott Sinclair (right) in action with Newport County’s Robbie Willmott

Morgan Amalfitano

Impressed early on, and West Ham signed him on loan the next season – he was sent off for pushing Chris Brunt in the face as the Baggies put four past them.

Most recently with Rennes in his native France, but it appears he retired last summer.

Stephane Sessegnon

Left two summers ago after three seasons of some spectacular moments but ultimately having flattered to deceive.

Now playing Turkey with Gençlerbirliği, having spent time back in France with Montpellier.

Stephane Sessegnon opens the scoring for West Bromwich Albion at Manchester City
Stephane Sessegnon opens the scoring for West Bromwich Albion at Manchester City

Lee Camp

Camp was signed as a third-choice goalkeeper on deadline day in the summer of 2013 and never made and appearance.

Has been most recently at Cardiff and Rotherham, before he became Birmingham City’s number one last summer – that’s where he remains to this day.

Victor Anichebe

Was snapped up on a free by Sunderland, was relegated and then left in the summer for China.

Following a period with Beijing Enterprises, Anichebe could be seen occasionally doing punditry for Sky Sports. Has most recently been training with Darren Moore’s Doncaster.



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