The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Monday, 10 August 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Clarke hopes for January funds

West Brom boss Steve Clarke expects to be able to strengthen his squad in January in order to build on his team's strong start to the season.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 08:30 Post Comment

Peter Odemwingie: West Brom striker likely to be in South Africa in January for

Peter Odemwingie: West Brom striker likely to be in South Africa in January for

The Baggies are fifth in the Premier League despite losing their last two matches, but Clarke is likely to be without striker Peter Odemwingie and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu when the Africa Cup of Nations takes place in the new year.

Clarke has already spoken with the club's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth about possible replacements.

He said: "There's a possibility we lose a couple of players to the Africa Cup of Nations, we could lose players to injury, but when we get closer to the end of the month we'll start to make decisions.

"I haven't really discussed with the chairman (Jeremy Peace) about the way forward in January. That's why we have a technical director. He's the buffer. We have spoken about what we might need to do in January.

"If the chairman, Dan and I decide we need to strengthen the squad, then we can do that. Is there money there? Yes I think it is."

Clarke insists his faith in his squad is unaffected despite a much-changed line-up being beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke on Saturday.

He left out the likes of Odemwingie, Romelu Lukaku, James Morrison and Chris Brunt to freshen up the side for their third game in eight days.

Clarke said: "I can't keep saying I've got a good squad then pick the same players every week.

"Then I become a liar. I can't tell the players I trust them all the same and then not do that."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company