Despite a goalless draw at home against newly promoted Middlesbrough, one particular West Brom player drew praise.
Neither Boro or the Baggies created serious chances and the hosts were jeered off by their own fans as frustrations over a lack of transfer activity grew.
After the game Albion struck deals to break their transfer record twice by agreeing a £13million deal for Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli and having a £15million offer for Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho accepted.
The pair are expected to complete their moves in the next 48 hours ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.
Boss Tony Pulis has been blooding his youngsters as the Baggies struggle for numbers and Sam Field made an impressive full Premier League debut in midfield, with the 18-year-old earning praise from goalkeeper Ben Foster.
“Sam was brilliant. He is an absolutely fantastic young lad,” he told the club’s official site. “He has an experienced head on such young shoulders and to be starting a game in the Premier League at 18 is a great achievement for him.
“He gets hold of the ball and he is very elegant and classy in the way that he plays the game.
Field’s attitude has likely got him in Pulis’ good books, as the youngster admitted he is willing to play any position his boss wants him to.
“It’s a little bit of a challenge, but if the manager asks me, I’ll play anywhere,” he admitted last month. “I’ve played left-back before when I was younger so I’m used to it to be honest.
“From a young age I’ve been taught to fill in. Being able to move to left-back is good to have, especially at first-team level because you’ve got to show you’re versatile.
“It doesn’t bother me, as long as he’s playing me, I’m not fussed at all.”