Alan Pardew happy with scouting team


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Alan Pardew has admitted West Brom could lose some players in January but insists he is confident they can find adequate replacements.

The 56-year-old was appointed as Tony Pulis’ successor on November 29 following a run of 13 games without a win in all competitions, which saw them slip towards the bottom three.

Pardew oversaw a goalless draw against former club Crystal Palace during his first game at the helm over the weekend and they currently sit 17th with just 13 points to their name after 15 Premier League outings.

The Baggies, who are priced at 3.00 to be relegated, travel to rock-bottom Swansea on Saturday and Pardew will be hopeful of getting the first win of his tenure.

The West Brom boss understands the importance of building some momentum throughout a busy December but he is also thinking towards the January transfer window.

The likes of Jonny Evans and Nacer Chadli have been linked with moves away from the Hawthorns and Pardew insists he has faith in Nicky Hammond and scouting team to find replacements.

Pardew said: “I have some good history with Nicky Hammond in terms of what we did at Reading and I trust him 100 per cent on the transfer front and scouting team.

“I looked at that scouting team and there is a lot of knowledge and experience in there.

“I think we will be set for January to react to any situation whether it be (selling) Evans or Chadli, a striker coming in or whatever I feel we have to do.”

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