Evolution should always take the positive form. No point in changing things unless you’re going to improve something.
Which is why West Bromwich Albion’s summer player recruitment drive has been low-key, but also significant so far this summer.
Ben Foster was added for £4million, which was a good start.
But elsewhere, Albion’s signings of Claudio Yacob and Markus Rosenberg – they’ve also signed Yassine El Ghanassy, who is more likely to be more peripheral than a regular starter – has been a vast improvement.
Albion lost Paul Scharner and Keith Andrews. With respect to both players – willing, capable performers – Albion have brought in Argentina international Yacob and the free signing of Rosenberg. We’re to assume his arrival will lead to the departure of Simon Cox some time soon.
Dan Ashworth, the club’s sporting and technical director, claims Albion have pulled off a major coup.
Indeed the Twitter feed from other, well-travelled journalists, on Tuesday echoed his thoughts.
Ashworth said: “We’ve been keeping tabs on Markus for two or three years now and getting a player of his calibre is a real coup for this club.
“He had offers from Spain, Germany, Turkey, Russia and China and we’re delighted he has chosen this club as the next step in his career.
“Markus is quick, has a great work ethic and can play in a couple of different positions.
“He’s scored goals wherever he’s played and gives us a different option to what we’ve already got.”
Rosenberg watched his new team-mates in action in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory at Walsall.
He cannot wait to get his teeth into his new role, although he might need to wait given his lack of match sharpness. His Swedish international team-mate and friend Jonas Olsson also helped influence his final decision.
“It’s nice to finally get the deal done,” said the 29-year, who left Werder Bremen in May. “I had a lot of offers but I have never played in the Premier League.
“I have played in a lot of leagues – but not this one – and it was something I really wanted to try.
“Then I met both Dan and the gaffer and they both talked a lot about the system and how they want to use me.
“I also talked with Jonas Olsson a lot and he had positive things to say about the club.
“It was an easy decision in the end.”