Oliver Burke’s stint at West Brom and his loan move to Birmingham City have both turned out to be disastrous.

Following that relocation, Valero stayed in Spain for an additional year before joining Fiorentina in 2012 and moving to Italy.

He would play at I Viola for a number of years before moving to Inter Milan in 2017 to play in Serie A.

Valero did make an impression in his time with those two Italian clubs, just as he had in La Liga after leaving West Brom.

Borja Valero’s Career Stats – As Per Transfermarkt
Club Appearances Goals Assists
Real Madrid Castilla 80 5 0
Real Madrid 2 0 0
Mallorca 78 9 15
West Brom 36 0 3
Villarreal 97 11 18
Fiorentina 231 17 45
Inter Milan 100 5 0

Indeed, Valero’s time at West Bromwich Albion was marked by disappointment and underachievement, especially considering his subsequent success at clubs like Villarreal and Fiorentina. Despite his talent and potential, he struggled to make a significant impact during his stint with the Baggies.

The relegation of West Bromwich Albion during the 2008/09 season, in which they narrowly missed survival by just three points, further exacerbated the disappointment surrounding Valero’s time at the club. Fans may understandably question why he couldn’t replicate his success elsewhere and help the team avoid relegation.

Valero’s desire to leave the club following relegation, coupled with his inability to make a significant impact during his time there, likely soured his relationship with the fans. As a result, it’s unlikely that he will ever be viewed as a popular figure among the West Brom faithful again.