As one Spaniard unpacks arrives at The Hawthorns, another hopes to leave.
On the plus side, at least the volume of Anglo-Spanish dictionaries will not go to waste.
So while Borja Valero sits patiently while Sevilla pick away at Albion with their bag of Euros – it could be a long wait, Borja – the Baggies will be welcoming his compatriot Pablo Ibanez when they return to pre-season training next month.
And Albion fans, not to mention the club’s hierarchy, will be hoping that Pablo’s time in England is more productive than Borja’s.
While Borja was a great success in Spain, English football was not to his liking. He rarely reproduced his best in the Premier League – though Tony Mowbray regarded him as being worthy of a place at a ‘top six club – while Roberto Di Matteo did not consider him suitable for the demands of the Championship.
So while he prepares for a La Liga return, Pablo is pleased to be checking into England’s top flight.
Pablo made his debut over a decade ago in Spain’s second tier for home-town club Albacete.
He has no fears about a change in lifestyle at this stage in his career – but he knows he has to make his mark quickly, not least as Jonas Olsson and new permanent signing Gabriel Tamas will argue their own case for a regular first-team berth.
“I feel I’m going to adapt quite quickly,” said Pablo, who has twice played against England – making his debut again them in 2004.
“I’m a quiet, family guy and every time I’ve visited England I’ve been pleasantly surprised about the crowds and the stadiums.
“I’m coming to England to play football. Over here the game is brilliant.
“I made my debut against England in 2004, which we won, and I also played in the Spain team that beat them in 2007. I’m very excited about playing against these players.”
Pablo played at the Hawthorns five years ago in a pre-season friendly, which Albion won 2-0 – Kevin Campbell and Diomansy Kamara scored the goals in a game watched by just 6,922 fans.
The low-key attendance may not have registered too highly on his Richter scale but the experience of that August 2005 afternoon clearly stayed with him.
“I thought the atmosphere was very good,” he added.
‘‘It is an honour to join a club with such history and it’s a challenge to play in the Premier League.”