Transfer dilemma for Hodgson
West Bromwich Albion,
Roy Hodgson will wait to decide on what players he will keep at West Brom until he knows who he can bring into the Hawthorns.
The Baggies boss has a myriad of decisions to make at the end of the season with one-year options on the current contracts of Nicky Shorey, Steven Reid, Paul Scharner, Jerome Thomas and Marc-Antoine Fortune. There are also several players, such as Simon Cox, Chris Wood, Gabriel Tamas, Joe Mattock and Gonzalo Jara, who have struggled for regular first-team football this season and could also be made available fort transfer. However, Hodgson will not make a decision on who will be allowed to go until he knows who the Baggies can sign to bolster their ranks for the new Premier League season. "It's not just about players whose contracts are running out but about what players will be coming in and how that will affect players whose contracts are ending," said Hodgson in the Express & Star. "The players we have are doing a fine job and I can trust them. But we will be looking at those things in context. It won't be a question of whether we want someone or don't want him, or whether he wants us. "It's a question of, if we do want him, whether he will get enough of a game, because some of the players who are coming towards the end of their contracts might not thank me for nailing their feet down to the squad if they won't get a game."