15 July 2024

A West Bromwich Albion branded corner flag during the Premier League match  at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Picture date: Sunday February 14, 2021  Stock Photo - Alamy

How are Darren Moore’s first five West Brom signings faring? Where are Darren Moore’s first five West Brom signings now?

Darren Moore’s first signing at West Brom was goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who was instrumental in the club’s promotion and is now flourishing at Crystal Palace.
Jonathan Bond, another Moore signing, had less success at West Brom and now plays for the LA Galaxy in the United States.
Kyle Bartley, one of West Brom’s few remaining players, has played a vital role in the club’s promotion and Premier League campaigns, making nearly 200 games.

Darren Moore’s time at West Bromwich Albion saw the introduction of 14 new faces.

With the 2017/18 Premier League season nearing its conclusion, then-manager Alan Pardew was fired and replaced by caretaker manager Moore.

 

The Jamaican failed to keep West Brom in the Premier League, but he fought hard and was named Premier League Manager of the Month for his efforts. Despite being demoted, Moore was promised a permanent position, but he only stayed until March.

We have decided to assess some of the business that was conducted when the manager first took over, and see where the players are now.

Sam Johnstone

Sam Johnstone was Darren Moore’s first addition in charge of the Baggies, and it proved to be a good one, despite his hefty £6.5 million price-tag.

He spent four years with the club, helping them win promotion back to the top division in 2020. Overall, he played 167 times in the Black Country, before being tempted by Crystal Palace once his contract expired. During this time, he also managed to work his way into the England squad on multiple occasions.

He is now into his second season with the Eagles, and is finally starting to establish himself as their number one.

Jonathan Bond

Moore’s second signing was also a goalkeeper. However, Jonathan Bond never quite reached Johnstone’s levels.

He only played seven times in the Midlands, and left in January 2021 for his current employers, LA Galaxy. Bond is a starter between the sticks in America, and has played 86 times, which is more outings than he has managed for any other side during his 13-year career.

Kyle Bartley

Kyle Bartley is one of two players on this list to still be plying their trade with West Brom. He was Moore’s third signing in the summer of 2018, and proved to be an immediate success.

24 starts in his first season turned into 37 in the next as the Baggies were promoted. A further 30 during Bartley’s third Premier League campaign contributed to his total appearance tally, which is approaching 200.

Harvey Barnes

The best player on this list shows that Darren Moore’s initial business was quite smart. Harvey Barnes has recently signed a five-year deal with Newcastle United, who paid approximately £39 million.

The winger joined on loan from former employers, Leicester City, and featured in 16 Championship outings before being recalled by the Foxes in January.

The 25-year-old has already opened his account on Tyneside, and will be playing Champions League football this season.

Conor Townsend

Moore’s fifth addition is another who still plays for the club. 30-year-old Conor Townsend is entering his sixth season at the Hawthorns, and still remains a regular name on the team sheet.

Townsend’s most recent term was his best. He played in all 46 second tier encounters, scored three goals and notched three assists.

He was signed from Scunthorpe United back in 2018, and has proved to be a very useful player for the Baggies.

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