Mowbray looks to long term
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tony Mowbray says he may have to lose a star player to reshape his West Brom squad.
Tony Mowbray has hinted he may have to lose a star player, if he wants to create a West Bromwich Albion squad capable of returning to the Premiership.
Since taking over at The Hawthorns, Mowbray has endured a frustrating run of results which has seen the team fall off the promotion pace.
Mowbray is aware of the need to remould his squad when the transfer window opens again in the New Year and may need to raise money.
While Mowbray accepts losing a key player would be hard to stomach, he feels it may be necessary to ensure the balance is right in his squad.
"We're trying to put the building blocks in place for the long-term success of the club," said Mowbray.
"If we are going to lose a star player then while it is difficult, if the team benefits longer term, that is what is important.
"It's about putting pieces of the jigsaw together which work. I'm not a manager who knocks on a chairman's door and says 'You have to give me more money'.
"Squads are all about balance and when I hear people saying we have the best squad in the league I think, yes, we have got some very talented footballers.
"But I would have to question whether we have got the best-balanced squad in the league."
Speculation has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a £10million bid for defender Curtis Davies, who has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Aston Villa and Newcastle.
However, Mowbray perceives the centre-half to be a key player in the club's future and Davies has recently stressed his happiness at The Hawthorns.