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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Conor Townsend
« on: January 03, 2022, 04:15:02 PM »
Maybe he knows he's off and thats why his performances have been down but who knows. Anyway if its a good fee then fair enough but if it's a few million it ain't worth it.

Too good to be true to believe we could afford Dike without some sort of sale...

Connor is the only player we have who can beat a man.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Conor Townsend
« on: January 03, 2022, 04:00:04 PM »
Rumours are that he is off to the Hammers.

I hope this isn't true. But we have also been linked to Neil Taylor.

Would be very disappointed if true. From someone who also knew the Dike news. I hope this is wrong...


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Daryl Dike
« on: January 01, 2022, 07:45:24 PM »
At the training ground yesterday according to Madeley.

Who was the last player we signed on the first available day of any transfer window??

Very impressed Albion - give credit where it is due...

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: December 24, 2021, 02:42:44 PM »
Looks like he's going to Barnsley on loan.

He's posted "a new era for this page" with an arrow to Barnsley (A) on his landing page.

Possibly as a make weight for the lad coming here?

Or was that an old post saying that he was in the squad for Albion when we played away at Barnsley?

Personally, still think he is off. I would be stunned if he signed for us.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: December 24, 2021, 02:36:12 PM »
It would seem odd for us to loan him out without him having signed a deal here. It would seem even stranger for him to have signed permanent for Barnsley.

It would be good to see the club announce a loan to Barnsley at the same time as signing a contract. With Barnsley as they are, it will be a baptism of fire for him in first team football. I’d have thought a loan to a league one club doing well would be better for the lad

The other way to look at it is we are confident of signing a striker in the window.

Maybe he has signed a new deal? - because I  didn't think you could loan players out if they were on scholarship terms?

Very odd turn of events.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: December 24, 2021, 08:21:05 AM »
Cleary saying on Instagram that he has an announcement today.

I suspect he will be off...

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Reyes Cleary
« on: December 16, 2021, 05:04:28 PM »
The player only wants money and best deal. No interest in staying with us.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Reyes Cleary
« on: December 13, 2021, 09:08:32 AM »
I think VI is getting some unfair criticism here.

Cleary is a finisher, no doubt about it. His other aspects of the game need to improve but he is a prospect.

The problem with Cleary is he wants the best deal going. I don't think he has any intention of being here after he turned 17 and can sign a deal elsewhere. He just wants the money. It is hard to play a lad you know has no interest in staying.

Plus, a comment above about all of our youth players making the right decision to move on... Dhanda, Sinclair, Barry, Brown, Smith all went to Man City, Liverpool or Chelsea - how do we compete if these players only want the highest financial offer?

Look at their careers since? How many games between these superstars? Face facts, they chose money over the chance to play at Albion at a more regular basis. They would have had the games if good enough. Dhanda left at 14, Smith 13, Brown 17, Sinclair 17 etc. They are highly unlikely to play in our first team at that age unless exceptional.

 TGH, Ferguson, Berahino - if the youth are good enough at 18/19, we play them.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's / Academy Thread
« on: December 06, 2021, 07:06:27 PM »
Would echo previous poster.

Cleary lost the ball a lot, in easy positions and gave the ball away with simple but wayward passes.

However, his first goal was a class roll the defender and strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Great strike.

Second was messy finish on a corner - however showed good strength.

Didn't look ready for first team yet however, he Cleary has power and ace for goal...  His first one reminded me of Cyrille. Long, long way to go however....

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Taylor Gardner-Hickman
« on: December 05, 2021, 12:15:52 PM »
It may also show an increased wish to use our young players which was spoken about on yesterday's commentary....giving them a path into the matchday squad e.g. not investing in a backup RWB for Furlong has allowed TGH his breakthrough.

Good point Adder.

I just wish we would give them a go. Our forward line needs a refresh so I cannot understand why Fellows, Tulloch or other u23s players have not even got on the pitch (I know Tulloch has been injured).

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Taylor Gardner-Hickman
« on: December 05, 2021, 11:03:29 AM »
Interesting to note 4 youth players in squad yesterday. Shows our lack of investment in the squad.

Well done TGH. Our one player with composure on the ball yesterday throughout. Big C did well though too.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jordan Hugill joins on loan
« on: December 05, 2021, 11:00:55 AM »
Andy Carroll on a pay per match contract would have done us a good job.

Amazing how Reading is a better attraction than us !!

He scored today and will score a few goals for them this season.

He will probably make double figures, something that Hugill won't manage in the next three seasons !!!

Didn't Carroll get injured in his first game?

We desperately need pace up front for our press and system to work.  We also need movement as our players are on their heels. Add to that noone makes runs across the near post.. ever.

Gayle would offer movement, experience and the know how. It would lift the squad massively to know we have someone who would be in the right place at the right time.

I just hope he is fit. He has had a lot of niggles over last 2/3 years. Hugill tried but is not a goalscorer. We lack a goalscorer so much.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kean Bryan
« on: September 06, 2021, 08:18:30 PM »
Any talk on how long the contract is?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kean Bryan
« on: September 06, 2021, 06:32:31 PM »
Can he play RWB?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Dara O'Shea
« on: September 02, 2021, 05:42:28 PM »
Anyone seen any news on Dara? Were any questions asked after the game about his injury?

I presume no news is bad news... Further scans needed? Or letting the swelling go down first?

Think they would have said something if okay...

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: System / Tactics / Personnel
« on: September 02, 2021, 12:29:00 PM »
General point on Taylor as defensive cover in a three. He's a big honest lad who'll give of his best. But he's a little awkward and slow on the turn too.

I'd look at playing him centrally if required so he's got cover either side. On the right of a three at a push but definitely not on the left.

While I feel he has a future I don't think he reads the game as well as Dara so he's not as adaptable/flexible at this stage of his development.

Very good point - you need pace on either side of the 3 if you want a back 3 to work properly. The pace is needed to cover the diagonal in behind the WB.

Ajayi is perfect in this system.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Dara O'Shea
« on: September 02, 2021, 08:47:23 AM »
Anyone seen any news on Dara? Were any questions asked after the game about his injury?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Dara O'Shea
« on: September 01, 2021, 10:14:45 PM »
Can only say what I saw at Peterborough mate , pulled up holding his side then went off at HT .

Bartley was sick on the pitch, hence holding his side. Just hope he hadn't got covid.

Dara's injury looked bad. I would expect ligament damage at least and about 8 weeks out, given my past experiences. I really hope I am wrong as Dara is tough as boots and is young so hopefully very flexible. Looked in a lot of pain though the way he collapsed at the side of the pitch

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Summer Transfer Window 2021
« on: September 01, 2021, 06:59:00 AM »
Positive for me is SJ is still here - let's hope he signs a contract...

Also pleased Ajayi is here after the baggie79 rumours. He suits our system best out all of our defenders.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Summer Transfer Window 2021
« on: August 31, 2021, 04:42:31 PM »
Have reread Xu Ken's statement dye to s comment by Joe Masi.

Interesting how a lot of people, myself included believed that Jen used the word competitive.

This is what he said:

West Bromwich Albion Chief Executive Xu Ke has today released a statement addressing the club’s vacant head coach position, the forthcoming sale of early bird season tickets and the departure of Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling.

He said: “I would like to thank supporters for their patience during what has been a frustrating period for us all. Like all fans, I understand having a vacant head coach position can lead to uncertainty, but this is not a simple search, and we must appoint the correct person, who shares our passion for the future of the football club.

“Our aim remains the same - to earn promotion back to the Premier League as soon as possible. We will have a healthy budget in order to succeed in the Championship and, with the right person as our head coach, I believe we will have a strong opportunity to be promoted. As we all know, the Championship is a relentless, difficult league, but we have succeeded there before, and I am hopeful we can do so again.

“While we have not yet formally offered the job to any candidate, it is fair to state we have faced setbacks and, with that in mind, I do not think it is wise to set a precise deadline by which an appointment will be made. As I have referenced already, the quality of our next head coach is of far greater importance than how soon they can be appointed. We are working tirelessly behind the scenes to identify the right person and we will share this with you as soon as an appointment has been made.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Summer Transfer Window 2021
« on: August 31, 2021, 04:32:18 PM »
Lot of assumptions there, how do we know he would have been a dissenting voice once the window was closed and how do we know no-one would have wanted him?

3 clubs in 3 seasons and now a fourth suggests there is something going on.

Noone wanted him now, so why would we assume would want him in the future.

Personally, would have kept him but you can see Val is ruthless

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Summer Transfer Window 2021
« on: August 31, 2021, 01:55:14 PM »
I guess it was ok overall.

The Pereira fee was beyond awful but when Lai gets involved you can guarantee nothing good will come out of it for the club. The bare minimum we should have sold him for was enough to get in the players we wanted. As it stands we can't afford Dike until his price drops a million or 2 so yeah, just pointless, awful and incompetent. The wishes and greed of Pereira were irrelevant.

We did on the flipside clear out a lot of overpaid rubbish. Would still like to see Zohore gone. Drain on resources with nothing to offer.

Feels very much like a club in transition which we are in reality.

Good point about transition.

However, I disagree that Pereira's greed and feelings were irrelevant. They are relevant. His value would plummet if he stropped for a year. Val clearly wants a cohesive small squad that all buy in to the vision. That one dissenting voice would have been very bad news.

Agree his fee is beyind terrible considering Daniel James is moving for £25m. Yet, noone wanted him for a reason ..

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Summer Transfer Window 2021
« on: August 31, 2021, 01:44:46 PM »
Sorry, have moved this here from transfer forum..

Imho the window has been okay - I am concerned by the huge squad reduction (16 out, 6 in of which 3 are loans)  but I think moloumby and Hugill will work well in the system.

Added a good CB, two CMs and a different option to a striker. A reasonable LWB added.

We have 3 gks, one very good.
We have 1 RWB with Ingram as cover.
we have 5 CBs having added another v good player
We have 2 LWBs, having added one in cover.
We have 4 CMs to cover two positions.
We have 5 senior forward plus Tulloch, having added one senior.

The only position therefore without depth is RWB and arguably Matty could play there...

It is not a brilliant window but it is okay and we have decent cover in the majority of positions.

Would I have liked more? Yes, I would, but as I said it is okay. If we have 6 injuries we will struggle like any other championship club bar Fulham.

Ken's statements of competitive budget and no more short term thinking gave us hope and expectation above perhaps what we should have. Hopefully we have money saved for January.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: August 31, 2021, 01:41:56 PM »
Really good post 82 but we have paid a fair whack of compensation to Barnsley.

Mowatt, Castro and Reach would all have signing on fees. Plus three loan fees probably £500k+ each.

There are extra costs associated with covid that would not have been budgeted for.

Those three extra expenditures have got to come from somewhere. Hopefully we have some spare to invest again in January.

The other thing is Val clearly didn't want Pereira and Pereira didn't want to be here the moment he was offered £140kpw.

I can understand Albion's approach although not entirely agree.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Adam Reach signs
« on: August 29, 2021, 11:21:39 PM »
I felt we were weakened when Reach came on at the beginning of the second half.

Perhaps he may become more useful as the season progresses. Right now, I don’t see him making a huge impact.

Happy to be proved wrong on this one but is stinks of a if it’s free, then it’s for me Albion-esque signing.

I thought we were weakened due to Townsend's lack of height as CB. it was an instant target for clarke-salter(?) to **** on over Townsend, giving Reach all sorts of issues.

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