Date:Thursday January 19 2006
The Baggies pulled out of talk’s yesterday afternoon and Robson admitted that it was down to the package being put on the table by Ehiogu's representatives.
Robson said, 'It's disappointing to miss out on Ugo, I think he would have been a great addition to the squad for all sorts of different reasons.'
'But the package was just a bit too much for this club at the end of the day, so the deal broke down because of that.'
Robson has been boosted by the return of Neil Clement from injury and Darren Moore from suspension so the defence should be ok for the Sunderland game.
Robson said that the lads he has got in at the moment are good enough and he will work with them for the remainder of the season.
Robson added, 'When you go into the transfer market, it is to improve your team and squad.'
'I definitely thought Ehiogu would do that.'
'But I'm confident I can work with the lads I've got and they can do the job in hand.'
Robson also added that the club were monitoring the situation of Burkina Faso captain Badou Kere who has been on trial at the club.
'We are monitoring Kere but we won't make any decision on him until later in the month.'
'I haven't ruled out finding another defender, I would never do that because someone could buy somebody near the transfer deadline and that might then release someone else.'
So Albion are keeping their options open and waiting for other teams to sign players so that it may 'release' someone we may be interested in.
Now to me it show's that Albion yet again haven't got a plan B, we are happy to go with what we have got for the remainder of the season and risk losing more defenders to injury yet again leaving us short.
So let's look at what we have left and see if any of them can make the position next to Curtis Davies their own.
Thomas Gaardsoe has lost his confidence and does not seem to be half the player he was. If he could somehow regain the confidence of past seasons this man would be one of the division’s best defenders. Only one man can get this to happen and I hope he can save his Baggies career before it is too late.
Darren Moore has been a great servant to the club and I will never have a bad word to say about him but we all know his time is up at this level and I would expect him to move on in the summer.
Neil Clement confuses me; he has gone from one of the best passers and crossers of the ball in the team to the worst.
Yet again it is a confidence issue, he gave the ball away for Villa's first goal in the derby and looked like a nervous dog before he was finally substituted late in the game.
His nerves are obvious whenever he has the ball at his feet and this has stopped him from getting the ball down and passing it. I fully expect him to start when he is fit and I hope the lay off that he has had revitalises his confidence.
Robson is right, the players he has got at his disposal should be good enough but they need to improve on the parts of the games that are letting them down.
Curtis Davies is a perfect example; the lad has come in after a handful of games in a lower league and looks the best defender we have. You would never have guessed he was the least experienced of the lot.
Davies has pace and power and can get the ball down and pass it. He likes to go forward and is good in the air; he has everything that makes him a quality defensive player.
If our other defenders can see what positive attributes they have and where they can improve then that can only be good for them and the club.
There is one other place available next to Davies in the centre of the defence and three defenders who can take it. Whoever it is needs to prove their worth and show Robson that they are worth the shirt.
So a message to Clem, Big Dave and Tommy G make the place your own
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