Last Updated: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 08:57
Keith Downing has hailed West Brom's capture of goalkeeper Ben Foster and right-back Billy Jones last summer as good business.
The assistant head coach has been delighted with the form of Foster, who joined the Baggies on a season-long loan deal from relegated Birmingham City last summer and has played an influential part in the side's good run of form which has lifted them away from the drop zone.
Foster pulled off several top saves during last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Wigan to ensure a share of the spoils and Downing claims he is now enjoying his football to the full at the Hawthorns.
"In the last month or two, Ben has been in top form for us and Saturday was a fantastic performance," he told the club's website.
"Ben kept us in the game with some fantastic saves.
"There has never been a problem with Ben at all, but as Dean Kiely will tell you, he has grown into his position from December onwards and looks a top keeper.
"He has grown into his position and grown into the club."
On the arrival of Jones on a free transfer from Preston North End, Downing said the swoop was a 'no-brainer' and praised the way he has covered for the loss of Steven Reid due to a hamstring injury.
He added: "We have monitored Billy for a number of years, so when contractually it was clear he was a free, it was a no-brainer.
"But, as a person, you just never know whether players stepping up a level or two are going to cut it.
"To have come in and played the number of games he has played, without looking out of place, is testament to the quality of player that he is.
"Billy does extra work in the gym and with the sports science department.
"There is a seriousness about everything Billy does. He's a terrific player and a terrific lad.
"For me, he's got the potential to be a very good right-back."
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