Date: 30th August 2018 at 8:00am
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A busy and hectic 24 hour period was in store for Tyrone Mears following the announcement of his signing at West Bromwich Albion on a short-term deal.

The 35-year-old experienced right-back has come in for cover and to give former playing colleague Darren Moore additional options following the failure to secure his more first choice options, and despite his recent arrival at the club, he was selected to make his debut that night as we faced Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Some West Brom fans were already less than impressed when we announced his capture, and it didn’t take long for a section of the fanbase to take to social media to criticise his performance either.

For me, it’s far too early to judge whether or not he can be an asset, I find it a strange decision to debut him so quickly given the timing of his arrival as even presuming he’d maybe been training with us for fitness purposes as he searched for a new club, there’s a difference between training, being sharp and then taking in proper match tactics.

I don’t believe he had been training with us though, to my knowledge he flew over from Minnesota to sign the deal, so probably didn’t even have a training session to lean on. So the criticisms seem overly harsh and he appears to be a quick scapegoat for Board level concerns within the fanbase.

 

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