West Brom boss Carlos Corberan has reaffirmed his desire to have transfer deals done early so that he can spend the entire pre-season with the squad he will have when the season gets underway, via Birmingham Live.
Corberan stated that the club will have to utilise the time they have to add new possibilities to his squad, as he believes it is better to get players through the door as quickly as possible for the start of pre-season so that they can spend the whole six weeks adapting.
He did, however, acknowledge that the club can’t control the timing of deals in the window and that both he and they will have to be patient in getting deals over the line this summer.
In a club-based interview shared by Birmingham Live, Corberan stated: “As a coach, it’s always nice to have the new players added as quickly as possible, but I also understand that we can’t control the timings of the market.
“I would like to spend the next six weeks with the squad that we are going to have for the full season, but we know that this is not easy. We have to wait for some of the players for some weeks more, but it’s always positive for the coach, for the players and for the group to spend time together without the demands of the competition.”
Corberan is right, but he will have to be patient
The West Brom manager is right in his calls for deals to be done early, with a full pre-season beneficial to the relationship between new players and the rest of the squad and staff, rather than being thrown straight into competitive fixtures.
However, he will have to be patient as West Brom are not currently in the financial position to be throwing money at players. they will have to be calculated and clever with the deals they make, utilising the loan and free agent markets to get cheap deals over the line.
Corberan was able to get the players he inherited eight months ago to play to his tune, despite being hired in the middle of the season, and so will be used to helping players adapt amidst the stresses of competitive games.
It was also clarified during the interview that there is a high level of trust between Corberan and his recruitment team, with the manager sharing: “We have been working for seven months together, so I think this time will be useful because they know me well and I know them well now.”