West Brom boss Clarke hints at money available for reinforcements

The Baggies opened the season impressively but have lost their last two matches and the manager says that he could add new faces should he feel the need for more squad depth
West Brom manager Steve Clarke has hinted that the club could strengthen their squad in the January transfer window in an attempt to retain momentum following an impressive start to the season.

The Baggies are fifth in the Premier League table but have lost their last two matches and the manager pointed out the potential need for replacements in the New Year when Peter Odemwingie of Nigeria and DR Congo's Youssouf Mulumbu depart on international duty.

"There's a possibility we lose a couple of players to the African Nations Cup, we could lose players to injury, but when we get closer to the end of the month we'll start to make decisions," Clarke told reporters.

"I haven't really discussed with the chairman [Jeremy Peace] about the way forward in January. That's why we have a technical director [Dan Ashworth]. He's the buffer.

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"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."

The former Chelsea assistant manager made six changes ahead of Saturday's 1-0 home defeat against Stoke City, leaving out James Morrison and Odemwingie, but insists that his faith in his players continues despite their downturn in form.

"I can't keep saying I've got a good squad then pick the same players every week. Then I become a liar," he continued.

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