Signing Allan Nyom from Watford in the summer and Brendan Galloway on loan from Everton, Tony Pulis made it clear that he wasn’t entirely convinced by Sébastien Pocognoli.
Sending the left-back on loan to Brighton Hove & Albion, West Brom will have a decision to make when he returns in May.
With a contract running out in June, the Baggies and Pulis will have to see if they can find someone better on the transfer market, or, if not, whether they offer Pocognoli a new contract to keep him at the Hawthorns.
The lack of full-backs in West Brom’s squad, and Galloway returning to Goodison Park, would suggest the latter as a logical choice, yet even Pocognoli himself doesn’t have a clue what’s going.
Joining him on the phone, DH in Belgium asked him if he would turn down the opportunity to talk to Standard Liège, his former club, and their director of football about a transfer in the summer.
He said: “I’d answer him if he rang. We’ll see. We’re not there yet. I’m going to try and finish the season well with Brighton, but I’m a free agent, and my doors are open to a club who wants me. I’ll make the right choice for me.
“I’m not in touch with any club at the moment. I’m going to see what happens with West Brom, to see if they extend my contract or not, and we’ll see more clearly from there.”
The 29-year-old has made 18 appearances for Brighton this season, scoring a goal and picking up an assist.