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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Kyle Bartley signs
« on: Yesterday at 10:31:05 AM »
Excellent - welcome to the club Kyle

Hopefully the first of a few signings this week or two......

General Football & Sports / Re: La Liga
« on: July 12, 2018, 04:01:25 PM »
Realise this is a bit of an old thread, but can't see anyone else talking about it:

Ronaldo to Juventus for £100m. What are people's thoughts?

Still a class act even at his age, they will recoup a lot of the fee through merchandise and I would anticipate that he will make a valuable contribution to an already useful Juve side. They will get at least two good years out of him if not more. Real have done very well out of it given that they have had him for so long and still made a tidy profit.

Surprised he never came to the Premiership actually..

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: My worry................
« on: July 12, 2018, 03:57:19 PM »
Not one to moan and but I am starting to get thoroughly depressed with what is going on down at our club. Only one positive signing, a few imminent departures and talk of loan players training with us, all this against a background of Jenkins saying that in the new season 'we need to hit the ground running'. I cannot help but think that all we are going to do is  'hit the ground....' all this and our owner may be wanting to recoup his money in some way, shape or form.

What I don't understand is why we have not been more active during the WC, its not as though we are bidding for any players who were there....

I am normally quite optimistic, and I do support BD, but I don't mind admitting that I do have concerns as we get ever closer to the start of the season.

I should be used to this to be honest, after all it is the Albion!

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:06:27 AM »

One of the best oxymorons I've seen on here. Well done mate.

Cue dictionary :)

It was good while it lasted but we relied too much on set pieces as we know. The two Croatian goals were through hard work and pressing, something that was missing from our game. Kane has been quiet over the past two games as well which is a little odd. A lot of positives from the whole WC and we can hopefully build on the nucleus of younger players for the European Championships.

I can see France having problems with Croatia - they should still do it but I don't think it will be easy.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: James McClean
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:07:29 AM »
If the boot was on the other foot, and we wanted a player but were offering £2m under the asking price, I fear we would get the old "Typical tight Albion, why don't we just pay it if we want him. No ambition".
Yet here we are saying poor old James, he's had to go on strike because nasty old Albion want too much money.
Personally, i'd let him go for nothing, because he's rubbish, but if the club deems him worth £6m in the current climate, then that's what Stoke (or anyone else for that matter) has to pay, or negotiate a compromise. The players actions should have no influence.
Sick of the club being slated at every turn.

Understand what you are saying Seteefeet but the facts are simple; he wants to go, most of the fans want him to go, but the club seem to be holding out for £6m. Letting him go to a rival for nothing is not an option regardless on you assessment of his abilities. Personally I think his style will suit Stoke well.

I am sure that this will be resolved shortly, and once again the clayheads part with a lot of money for nothing........

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: James McClean
« on: July 10, 2018, 06:59:28 AM »
You're James McClean...

Unwanted by the vast majority of fans, deemed not good enough and not liked by the terraces. Add to that you've not really played much at all. Now you've got a year left on your contract and another club is firmly interested in you, so you're guaranteeing financial security for that little bit longer.

Factor all that in and this club is willing to pay £4m for your services, not bad given all of the above. Only the club who own you want £6m.

£6m for a player who is 'hated' by some fans, deemed not good enough by the club and has just one year left on his contract. The same player who was signed for £1.5m. Club being greedy in my opinion.

Would love to know who thinks McLean is worth more than £4m.

In my opinion the club are being unprofessional and he's followed suit.

Good post Scooby, and a fair assessment of the situation. Jacko's post is also relevant and very fair.

Like everyone else I do not like players withdrawing their labour etc, but it goes on in everyday life. I am currently being balloted for Industrial Action over pay etc - sometimes it takes robust action to get the employer to the table.

So to be clear I do not condone James' action, but perhaps there is something that we don't know that has exacerbated the situation, but if I were him, then a 50% reduction in salary, no guarantee of a starting place and a club who are playing hardball over a transfer fee would certainly rile me. 

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: July 06, 2018, 10:23:59 PM »
Brazil, although I think if Uruguay stand a good chance.

Hope you didnt put money on that Falloutboy  ;D

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: July 06, 2018, 11:22:11 AM »
From BBCSport gossip
Tottenham are favourites to sign Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is waiting to exploit the Championship club's financial troubles.
That Levy is a one isn't he!!!! ;D

Normally I would have sympathy, but as its the vile do your worst :)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Ben Foster joins Watford
« on: July 06, 2018, 08:37:05 AM »
I wish him well, as many others have said one of the best GK we have had for a very long time.

Whilst its sad to see him go [and the way it has happened] its the start of the rebuild this club desperately need........it was going to happen eventually anyway.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ben Foster
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:44:26 AM »
Kev I was at the ground on Tuesday and I can tell you that the staff I spoke to seemed happy with what is going on.

As for Ben Foster lets wait for the final outcome of this transfer saga and then the truth will come out no doubt and then the fans can start blaming either the club or Ben. To be honest I am more than happy with the signing of Jonnstone and IMO he is more than a capeable replacement for Ben,

Fair comment Kev- cheers for that, and I agree with you, and judging from the reaction of my vile friends, Sam is a very capable replacement.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ben Foster
« on: July 05, 2018, 10:18:22 AM »
as good as foster is £4m is a great price to get for a 35 yr old keeper, it'll pay a huge chunk of the fee we've paid for his replacement. just a pity it ended the way it has.

Agree with you on this caravan but lets be fair, things don't appear right at our club at the moment so without all of the facts its unfair to blame Ben completely. It is a sad ending all round. We need to remember how good he has been - and still is......

I don't have an issue with players wanting a better deal etc, given their limited work life.

The real 'mercenaries' for me are the agents who seem to demand unrealistic sums of money and hold clubs to ransom to secure deals. I read somewhere that Neymars agent got £25m for his move to PSG, and now 'he' wants to move again......... 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Sam Johnstone signs
« on: July 04, 2018, 11:21:53 AM »
Just had a conversation with another gutted vile fan!

This really is a good signing, both in terms of quality, and its ability to upset the neighbours.!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Sam Johnstone signs
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:15:14 AM »
My vile colleagues are rather cheesed off about this signing, so he must be good.

Welcome to the club Sam!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:42:42 PM »
You think agents and clubs find out about player availability through the press?

No Hampshire, I was being sarcastic.......

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:27:36 PM »
We have not signed him yet, we have just alerted the usual suspects as to his availability so that they can go and get him.......

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jeremy Peace
« on: July 02, 2018, 01:24:22 PM »
just a nitpick, but if reports are correct, he sold to the SECOND person that would pay him £200 million. He pulled out of the first quite close to the end.

I seem to recall that the first offer was a staged payment offer from an American consortium who eventually had funding difficulties.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ben Foster
« on: July 02, 2018, 11:23:12 AM »
“West Bromwich Albion prepare new Ben Foster contract as Watford interest persists”

I wouldn’t be unhappy if he signed a new contract with us

Source: http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/16326799.reports-west-bromwich-albion-prepare-new-ben-foster-contract-as-watford-interest-persists/

Two key points for me from this report;

1. Did Ben refuse to travel?
2. Has he actually been fined?

Until the club confirm these two points I refuse to condemn the player. 

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:46:55 PM »
If this match was a horse race there would be a steward’s enquiry! Neither team looked as if they were trying to win. There’s no team now capable of stopping the England team reaching the final.
Probably not too far off with that assessment. I was wondering whether we were going to gain yellow cards in order to swap places, and was so pleased when they scored. They even made it look as though we were trying as well! Its a great result for us, and just for once we can be ever so slightly confident.....

Who remembers when you have won the group? Not me....

Oh, and its the great Colombia, so let the wetting commence.... bring it on!!!!!!

General Football & Sports / Re: World Cup 2018
« on: June 28, 2018, 07:01:00 PM »
Anyone seen that bloke in the Belgium side that looks like Chadli?😁

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ben Foster
« on: June 28, 2018, 02:24:23 PM »
I am just a bit cautious with this story to be honest. I know that it is from a usually reliable source and in a decent tabloid. However, I note from the recent Darren Moore piece that many of our youngsters are over there, and a fair few first team players have been 'excused boots' for various reasons. So I am not going to form an opinion until the club actually confirm the issue.

To me it seems out of character for Ben and I am surprised.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Assistant Head Coach
« on: June 25, 2018, 05:56:25 PM »
I think one of Big Dave's jobs last season was as the loan manager skyclad, which would explain why that happened. No doubt Big Dave may well do it as manager as well, but it is worth noting that it was his role to do so, rather than just doing it of his own back last year.

Thanks baggies, that makes sense. I know that Kane had nothing but good things to say about him.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Assistant Head Coach
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:46:59 PM »
According to the Express and Star Darren Moore has identified his ideal candidate but there is a delay and no hint as to what the cause of the delay is.


An interesting article, and it reminded me of something I heard a couple of weeks ago.

My partner went out for the night with some old work colleagues, and one of the colleagues happened to be a very close relative of Kane Wilson. She was justifiably very proud of him and mentioned many things about WBA. However, the one thing she mentioned which really stuck with me was the fact that when Kane was at Exeter, Darren rang him twice a week to see how he was getting on and to generally chat with him. He does this with all our loan players apparently.

I had forgotten about that until I read the article. Do you think Pardew or Pulis did that? Of course not......

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: June 25, 2018, 04:26:28 PM »
Colombia - Good on the counter?  They bossed the midfield.  Cuadrado, James and Quintero would walk into our team.

England have gone 8-2 against limited opposition.  Poland are better than either Tunisia or Panama. 

How are England much better?  I would say England and Belgium would be desperate to play Japan.

Sorry, a little thing called work got in the way.

Columbia were good on the counter, did well in the midfield and defended quite well. I do not agree that the three players mentioned would walk into our team, but it is all about opinions.

As to who is better between Poland, Tunisia or Panama, its an academic point as we will never know at this moment. Personally, I thought the Tunisians played well on both occasions, and you could argue that we were lucky. I paid particular attention to Poland last night because of Greg. They just looked bereft of ideas or a plan, and Columbia cut them apart with the better football. They will not do that against England or Belgium, but they will give whoever they play a good game.

I don't mind who we meet in the last 16 - Senegal looked useful last night to be fair, but we have to beat these teams to progress. Confidence appears high in our camp which makes a pleasant change from the past. There seems to be a 'belief' which has not been there recently.

General Football & Sports / Re: Religion in football
« on: June 25, 2018, 09:11:37 AM »
If they want to say a prayer to their god so what?
Political statements a big no no for me.

My thoughts entirely

Being none religious it makes no difference to me, but it matters to others and I respect that. I don't have an issue with a player 'having a moment' before coming on or starting; it doesn't affect their performance so whats the issue?

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