Montero makes West Brom loan switch

31st January
First team

Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero has joined fellow Championship club West Brom on loan for the rest of the season, subject to international clearance.

The Ecuadorian has featured 12 times under Graham Potter this season – all coming from the bench – with his latest coming in Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw with Birmingham City.

He now links up with Darren Moore’s Baggies, who sit fourth in the Championship table – seven points adrift of leaders Leeds.

The 29-year-old, who is contracted to the Swans until June 2020, will reunite with former Liberty team-mate Kyle Bartley at the Hawthorns, and could make his debut in Saturday’s home clash with Middlesbrough.

Montero joined the Swans in July 2014 – not long after playing at the World Cup – from Mexican club Morelia for an undisclosed fee.

He impressed in his debut season at the Liberty, making 22 starts for the Swans in the club’s record-breaking Premier League 2014-15 campaign. He scored one goal and chalked up seven assists.

At the end of the season he featured in Ecuador's Copa America campaign, which saw them exit at the group stage.

Montero made 24 appearances – scoring once – in 2015-16 as the Swans finished 12th in the Premier League, then played 14 times during an injury-hit 2016-17 season.

Montero, who helped Ecuador reach the Copa America quarter-finals in 2016, joined Spanish club Getafe on loan last season – featuring just four times – before returning to Ecuador to join his former club Emelec on a sub-loan.