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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Semi Ajayi
« on: Yesterday at 06:19:51 PM »
I think that there is a good player there, he has all the attributes
Agreed. He is quick which is nowadays important for central defenders and he can pass the ball out of defence. Attributes which you'd hope CC and his coaches can work with.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carlos Corberan - New Head Coach
« on: Yesterday at 12:21:33 AM »
As I've said before, no team can keep going at the same intensity for a whole season. Even Man City etc. have their bad days. However, you'd expect the fringe players to want to step up on the occasions they get a chance. But it seemed everyone was a yard short today. Maybe says something about the rest of our squad. 

Game to forget. Too much sloppiness with passing. We didn't show the sharpness we've seen in the last couple of months. Just hope no more injuries today. Would be the only good news.

Certainly Rogic will not last 90mins and Grant will have his usual deckchair by the corner flag having a fag.
Buttonfingers, probably fumble one into his own net and should be replaced after 10mins by Palmer - its not as though goalkeepers need a rest.
They can still get injured.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Taylor Gardner-Hickman
« on: January 28, 2023, 02:13:31 PM »
Disappointing if true, as we must have cover in midfield, as otherwise, its asking a lot from Yokuslu and Molumby.  Also TGH is one of our own (to coin a phrase), one of the few Academy players who've genuinely made the step up successfully to the first team. I think the only justification would be if O'Brien is nailed on to come in, or possibly that Mowatt is going to be available again.

I will put my trust in Carlos to make the right selection. He knows which players we can't afford to lose with injuries or red cards, and which 'squad players' need match practice.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carlos Corberan - New Head Coach
« on: January 26, 2023, 07:27:19 PM »
It’s being suggested in the Daily Star that Bielsa is being offered £11m a year and of course we all believe whatever the Daily Star prints is sacrosanct!

If it was £11m per annum that would be at least ten times the amount we pay Corberan. Who wouldn’t jump ship for that amount
I think the Daily Star is about as reliable as Dood. (Hope I haven't said anything libellous  :-[)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carlos Corberan - New Head Coach
« on: January 25, 2023, 09:44:55 PM »
Liverpool Echo now saying CC not expected to leave as he is enjoying his time at West Brom. They've taken that from Talksport so make of that what you will. Biesla, Hasenhuttel and Dyche in the frame.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carlos Corberan - New Head Coach
« on: January 25, 2023, 09:31:28 PM »
The Birmingham Snail, are lucky to get the date right on the front page.
Think its in the Liverpool Echo, which is in the same newspaper group. One article there says Biesla has agreed to take the job from next summer, which I doubt is what Everton want. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Grady Diangana
« on: January 25, 2023, 01:46:37 PM »
It depends on how you play. If you play 433 generally you need your wide men to stay high up the pitch.

However, off the ball, we play 442 (despite what media say). In that system you need your wide men to tuck in and drop deeper at times.

It's different when we have possession, players don't stay in the shape.
One of the main reasons I prefer 4-3-3 to 4-4-2. Under the motto, spread it wide and hit them fast.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carlos Corberan - New Head Coach
« on: January 25, 2023, 12:26:50 PM »
Just had a look on the Everton forum and quit a few want carlos
The decision makers though, won't be on the Everton fans forum.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Grady Diangana
« on: January 25, 2023, 12:23:51 PM »
That's what it looks like, yes.  But no-one can afford to have wingers like Willie (or Robertson at Forest) any more who just lurk out wide when they haven't got the ball.
The counter argument to that is that if wingers are to be really effective, they need to be out wide ready to go, the moment defence turns into attack. If they are too deep back in their own half, the surprise element is gone.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carlos Corberan - New Head Coach
« on: January 24, 2023, 06:18:37 PM »
I wonder if we are destined to go through this, every time there is a PL manager vacancy. And there are bound to be more during the couse of the season. 

Also, being Spanish, CC's ambitions are probably not confined to this country, though clearly he has made a deliberate decision to pursue his goals here for the time being.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carlos Corberan - New Head Coach
« on: January 24, 2023, 02:21:29 PM »
To lose him now, right after he's given us hope and belief would be so "Albion, that"

Can only hope he wants a promotion on his CV. I'm sure that Everton could and would afford to buy out his contract with us if they needed to.
Don't Everton have to pay off for a new stadium as well as Frank's contract.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Grady Diangana
« on: January 23, 2023, 01:37:21 PM »
Think he's a confidence player, like a lot of wingers. If a couple of dribbles come off, he's flying, but if they don't, he loses heart. However, I think he's better out wide, where he can see space in front of him.  When he comes inside, he runs into traffic too easily.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: From bottom to promotion
« on: January 22, 2023, 10:31:44 PM »
Although we dropped several places it wasn’t a bad weekend for us. None of those originally above us won so we only lost 1 point despite playing the best side in the league away from home.
The next month will make or break us.,
Sheff Utd won.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jayson Molumby Joins Albion
« on: January 22, 2023, 08:30:43 PM »
I have been one of his biggest critics, but I think his game has come on a lot under CC. His passing is a lot more sharp and incisive and asks more questions of defenders. Wouldn't surprise me if he has been doing extra basic training with the ball. You also need a ball winner and chaser in midfield alongside the more creative players. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Karlan Grant
« on: January 22, 2023, 08:21:22 PM »
Regular readers will know I've been sceptical about Grant from the moment he joined, but with Phillips out for up to 12 weeks, it would leave us very short if we get rid of him now. It would leave only Diangana or Reach to fill the left wing slot in CC's system. 

Last Match Forum - 20/01 Burnley (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: January 22, 2023, 07:00:51 PM »
I don't think I've heard a set of fans who boo so much. Every time a Burnley player went down, even at the slightest,  they were booing. Thought despite that, and their diving, that the ref did well not to be influenced.
That said, its chalk and cheese watching the football under Company and the hoofball played by Dyche.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Hawthorns
« on: January 19, 2023, 11:53:42 PM »
Obviously any protection is positive but now the focus needs to go onto planning policy. Anything to get the local plan restricting the uses of the site for sporting and ancillary uses will help prevent sales to speculators. Probably similar could be done with the hotel and the training ground assuming protections don't already exist.
I'd expect the ground is already designated for sports & leisure use in the local plan, but there is nothing to stop anyone (owner or developer) applying for a change of use.  I expect Sandwell would oppose such an application, assuming their policy is strongly worded to prevent such losses, but an applicant could take it to appeal  (Secretary of State or Government inspector). A developer would have to demonstrate there was clearly no viable alternative within the same planning use class, before any alternative uses could be considered. The Asset of Community Value is now an extra hurdle, which a devloper would have to justify losing. That said, central Government has been trying to relax planning rules for some years, and an Inspector would probably not favour a large site like the Hawthorns becoming derilect.  However, I think we're jumping ahead a long way here, and lets hope it never gets to that stage. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Hawthorns
« on: January 19, 2023, 11:34:27 PM »
not sure the training ground is in sandwell, think it could be in walsall
Nothing to stop anyone commenting on Walsall's planning policy, its just that local politicians would be more interested in views of their residents. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matty Phillips
« on: January 19, 2023, 11:31:29 PM »
Quite correct it is my opinion, where is your carefully crafted reply that clearly argues his overall benefit to the team on a continuous basis, bearing in mind his age and that there may be better alternatives out there

Again my opinion
Those are all issues for when his contract comes to an end, but at the moment he is delivering for the team and is fitting in well with CC's tactics. If its your opinion that Grant or Diangana is better suited to the left wing position, then say so.
Phillips is inconsistent, I don't think many would disagree, but at the moment he's giving the team width and pace down the left flank, and if he's out for a while, it will weaken the squad. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Hawthorns
« on: January 19, 2023, 01:24:42 PM »
Does this not hinder/ slow down a sale should our owners decide to do the decent thing and sell up ?
Only if the potential buyers had plans to redevelop the site for something else.   

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ron Gourlay - CEO
« on: January 18, 2023, 02:01:57 PM »
That was under Ken's reign
Yes, it would clearly be unfair to pin all the financial mismangement onto Gourlay. The financial mistakes go back further.  Not just Pereira, but what we paid for Grant, Zohore, the exorbitant wages we paid Krychowiak, Anelka, Sturridge.
However, Steve Bruce being here was entirely down to Gourlay, even if he did help us recruit Wallace, Swift and BTA.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ron Gourlay - CEO
« on: January 18, 2023, 01:25:49 PM »
I get what you are saying, of course I do. Yet in my opinion, the spending he has overseen has been very wise spending overall (Swift, Wallace and Yokuslu). Yes it is a gamble but it has increased the chances of promotion so is far from reckless.
Certainly agree about Swift, Wallace and Yokuslu, but letting Pereira go on the cheap?...

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