Sam Allardyce has revealed that West Brom have already had to pull out of three deals due to the mess caused by Brexit in a preview of what is to come for clubs in the UK.

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Copyright: Tim Keeton
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal – Premier League – The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce on the touchline during the Premier League match at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Copyright: Tim Keeton

Speaking to the press after losing to Arsenal yet again, Big Sam revealed the club had pulled out of the deals as it became clear the players would not receive a work permit.

With the UK leaving the EU, there is a new system in place that will see players allocated points on the basis of their senior and youth international appearances, club appearances, and the ‘pedigree of the selling club’.

“I have found three players already who were capable of coming here and they’re not allowed,” Allardyce said.

“It’s a shame. Due to the new regulations in terms of the permit they were unable to come to this country, whereas (previously) they would have done. I have to look at that and think ‘can he qualify?’

Irish Independent, 4 January, 2021
Irish Independent, 4 January, 2021

“That has made life a bit more difficult. It’s not so much the pandemic, it’s the change of rules because of the Brexit deal.”

He added in comments not included in the article above, “We will do what we can and finding a player in this pandemic is going to be the hardest window I have ever worked in.

“No disrespect to my players here because they are all working as hard as they can but I do have to find better to lift the squad.

“Whatever player comes in they have to be better than what we have and capable of going into the team almost immediately.”

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