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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Filip Krovinovic (on loan from Benfica)
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:36:28 AM »
He links up so well with pereira, got to play them both for me

100% agree.

You see it in flashes when they are both on the pitch, they work well and can get the ball moving.

I would throw Sawyers into that mix aswell, he and Krov seem to flow well and pretty much all our moves go through them two.

I think if he can grab a goal soon it will do him the world of good.

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Looks a tidy player, with a good run in the team I can see him becoming a real handful.

As others have said, for certain home games where teams come and sit back with no intention of really attacking us, could be worth slotting Krov into a deeper role and having Pereira in the number 10 role.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: August 23, 2019, 10:42:15 AM »
Thought Torino might atleast cause them some problems at home, but Wolves are swatting them aside. May have to accept that with their squad make up and all of their quality, they will be one of the favourites to win the Europa League this year.

Only their smallish squad and a possible tilt at a top 4 place might derail them.

They wont win the Europa league, I will put my mortgage on that. They will do ok in the group stages and may even go through, but will get knocked out by whoever comes into the Europa league from the Champions league.

And they wont be anywhere near the top 4 either. The usual top 6, Leicester and Everton will finish above them.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 23, 2019, 09:34:38 AM »
The bloke who runs that WBA rainbow stand account is abit of loose cannon anyway. Seen him have fall outs with numerous WBA fans and ends up just blocking them.

I questioned him on the Sam Johnstone comments, providing him stats about SJ season last year and when he mentioned about him being better with shots from outside the box, I asked him to provide me with some examples where he thinks it should be saved (taking into account if the defender/midfielder hasn't closed down, i.e Reading goal). Still waiting for his reply  ::)

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:46:42 AM »
Exactly this.

You can't expect a group of players to go through so many changes - personnel, tactics, etc - and come flying out the blocks. We're 4 games in, unbeaten in the league, and haven't hit form yet really.

I still think that when it all clicks we're going to give somebody a proper shoeing.

I think we will do it this weekend against Derby.

Can see they pressing us and trying to take the game to us, leaving us some space on the counter.

We will look a better team away from home when teams try to attack us.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:47:51 AM »
I think the concerns are valid, but I do still feel it is too early to hit the panic button. We are playing particularly good football currently, and the new players we have signed are primarily our attacking players so they need to get used to each others strengths yet and develop that understanding which I think will come sooner rather than later. You saw with some of the link up play late on, we will create chances and I fancy Austin and Zohore to both start to find their feet in front of goal.

Think we saw that in flashes last night with Periera and Krov linking up well.

Krov and Sawyers seem to flow quite smoothly too, give it another 5-10 games and I think they all be on the same wave length.

The signs are there for us to become a good team, its just a bit rusty at the moment.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:44:44 AM »
The goal last night was the midfields fault and weren't much Johnstone could have done.

Fed up of seeing the negative comments to be honest. Johnstone is quite active on twitter and instagram and will see a lot of the negativity every day, you can imagine some of those comments will eventually get to him which in hindsight will start to affect his performances. I wouldn't mind if half the time he is to blame  ???

I have said it before, there aren't many keepers in the championship that I would have over SJ.

You only have to go and look at some of the goals Butland has conceded this season.

How about we actually support our goalkeeper, we have been spoilt with Foster for so long. Johnstone was asked to play out from the back at every occasion last year and they way we set up exposed him massively, this season we aren't so reliant on playing out all the time and he looks more comfortable. He also made the most saves in the division last year which again shows how open we were.

DM, Shan and now Bilic are all happy with him as our number 1, maybe some of the constant moaners should just let him concentrate on his football.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: OUT ON LOAN THREAD
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:35:56 AM »
Field and Leko both started for Charlton last night, with Leko setting up the goal.


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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:35:27 AM »
Johnstone poor.
Still shaky from set pieces but better.
Sawyers had his least effective game.
Livermore needs dropping, definitely for home games
Phillips was ok. Krovonovic not in the game enough.
Diangana ok.
Austin was poor but in fairness we needed another body closer to him
Looked better with 2 wide players and perreira playing for the striker.

Can you expand on your comments on Johnstone and Livermore for me please.

Would love to know what Johnstone did that was poor last night. The blame for their goal lies on the outfield players not even attempting to close down the Reading player.

Livermore yesterday put in one of his better performances I thought and has had a solid start to the season.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 22, 2019, 08:33:00 AM »
I have to say for all the good football we are playing, I am concerned about where the goals are going to come from if we are to challenge for promotion. I just cant see where we will score goals?? Austin will no doubt chip in with a few, but other than that where are the other guys that will bring the necessary goal tally we will need? The 'attacking 3' aren't natural goal scorers. If the fullbacks get forward then the 2 wide men from the '3'3 need to get in the box more often, in order to pose a threat. We are really good to watch, but in the last 3rd I dont feel we offer enough of a threat in the box.? Or am I being paranoid?

We were spoilt last year with Gayle and Rodriguez both hitting over 20 goals. If you look at our goals last year we relied on them a lot, with the next top scorer being Barnes on 9 and when you factor in he wasn't even with us from January, shows you how far behind the next scorer was.

This season we need the wingers and other players to be chipping in, Diangana/Periera/Phillips all need to be near the 10 goal mark, Austin/Zohore if they can get over 10-15 each, then if Krov, Edwards etc all chip in with 5-8 goals.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:01:56 PM »
I think those three will be keeping their places, I would be pretty certain Phillips will be benched and then two other changes could be Edwards and Ferguson

Spot on.

I reckon tonight will see Furlong for Ferguson and Diangana for Edwards.

Can see Austin and Pereira being used after 55/60 if needed and possibly starting on Saturday.

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What's going on? Are any of our original coaching staff left? It can't be a coincidence that so many are leaving. I wonder who's responsible.

UNDER-23 MANAGER: Michael Appleton

UNDER-23 ASSISTANT COACH: Deon Burton

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE GOALKEEPING COACH: Mark Naylor

HEAD OF COACHING: Ryan Maye

HEAD OF ACADEMY RECRUITMENT: Steve Hopcroft

ASSISTANT RECRUITMENT OFFICER: Matt Richardson

ASSISTANT RECRUITMENT OFFICER: Scott Curry

This is from the official site, the ones in bold have also left. It's clear to see the ones who got on well with Harrison are following him to Villa. Be interesting to see if we tried to put up a fight to keep them or happily let them leave.

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Me too.

Needs a big restructure now, pretty much all the heads of have left.

From reading different articles and views of the likes of Lepokswi and Madeley etc, it seems as though Dowlings decision to split the academy entrance from the first team entrance and separate them entirely has annoyed a few of the academy staff.

Once one or two leave then all the other 'old guard' probably see it as time they go for something new aswell.

Let's just hope we can get some decent people in to replace them as our academy has produced some decent young players and continues to do so.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:36:21 AM »
Bond


Furlong
Ajayi
O'Shea
Gibbs


Brunt
Sawyers


Pereira
Krovinovic
Diangana


Zohore


subs. Johnstone, Bartley, Townsend, Livermore, Willock, Harper, Austin.

Just out of curiosity can I ask why Johnstone, Bartley and Livermore have all been dropped from your team.


 

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:32:49 AM »
Going to be a tough game, think if depends on how Reading set up against us.

Hopefully they come with a bit of confidence after their win the weekend and try to play football and leave some gaps for us to exploit.

A good test for us but one we should be looking to get 3 points in if we are looking to get the top 2 spots.

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: August 21, 2019, 09:30:34 AM »
Think Fulham will be top 2.

Teamwise its very strong for this division, Parker even though he's inexperienced he should be able to steer them to a top 2 finish. Mitrovic, Caveliro, Knockhaert, Cairney, Johansen, Arter are all good players for this division. Seems a similar scenario to us last year in terms of squad and manager but I don't think they have an assistance coach like Jones  ;D

Luton will go down if they don't change the way they play which we know from experience, they wont.
Couple of more bad results for Stoke and I can see them getting rid of their manager.

Win tonight for us could see us go top, although I think it will be a tough game against a decent Reading team.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: August 20, 2019, 09:21:32 AM »
Saw a Villa fan on twitter mention they should get rid of Smith if they lose this weekend and target Mourinho as he is capable of taking that squad to a top 6 finish.  :o

And they wonder why many people detest them.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: August 19, 2019, 03:47:16 PM »
Keep seeing people on social media saying they want Ajayi and Hegazi as centre halves when the big man is back from injury, I actually would have a pairing of Bartley and Hegazi.

Bartley looks leaner and more composed this season and I sense he has confidence and belief in what he is doing. So far if anything I've seen Ajayi make more mistakes and would prefer him to be battling with Livermore for the defensive midfielder position.

Of course I still see Ajayi offering back up as a defender but don't necessarily think he's our best option, am I the only one?

I have mentioned it before, for me Ajayi should be slotting into DM once Hegazi is fully fit.

Bartley has performed a lot better than he did last year and seems to have continued his levels from the back end of last season.

Other than the Forest goal I think he's been fairly solid. I said last season I think we would see a better version of him when we changed the whole back 3 and insistence on playing out from the back at every opportunity.

Ask a defender to defend first and foremost.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Willock (on loan from Benfica)
« on: August 19, 2019, 03:43:33 PM »
Surprised it hasn’t been picked up on but when Slaven summarised each transfer after the window closed he referred to Willock as a signing by the club. The lad could do well over a long season but I don’t think he’s a favourite to start regularly whether that’s as a winger or striker. Time will tell.

I don't know too much of the lad to be honest but he cant be any worse than Burke, so he should at least have his place on the bench.

I agree with you about him not starting regularly though, he seems to have been brought in as cover for both positions and to allow Leko out on loan.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 13, 2019, 10:00:28 PM »
Once Pereira is up to spend I will be suprised if we see Burke in an Albion shirt again.

Complete waste of time having him on the pitch, has zero footballing brain.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 13, 2019, 09:58:52 AM »
He does come in for a lot of stick, some justified and some not. The constant harping on social media becomes tiring though. Then again so did some of the howlers he made last season. At times we were porous because of how we set up and invited teams on, but there's absolutely no way we should have conceded 62 League goals. Yes he made some cracking saves but there were times when shots seemed to go through him. That said he wasn't entirely to blame for either goal this season. New season and a new style of play mean a 'clean sheet' for Sam from me.

For what it's worth, Johnstone also made more saves than any other keeper in the league, for a team that finished where we did that's an unbelievable stat (when you would assume the keepers near the bottom would be worked harder than those at the top).

Of the 62 goals we conceded I could probably only count on one hand the ones which were 'his fault' as opposed to how we set up and the pressure that comes on us. The way we set up last year I would guess that Foster would have still conceded 50+ goals.

Let's also remember the penalties he saved last year to keep us in games.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 12, 2019, 03:51:56 PM »
Going off Bilic's comments about the fitness of the new lads, I would be surprised to see them all start.

I think Austin will be on the bench at best, he seems key to our goalscoring going forward so I cant see us risking him early on if he's not 100% up to speed.

I imagine Diang will start, and one of Willock/Pereira will start with the other being on the bench.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 12, 2019, 03:49:46 PM »
Watching the replay of the goal, for me Johnstone isn't at fault for that goal, I don't think he can get to that cross. Granted his positioning probably could have been better but you cant place the blame on him.

The players back post should be dealing with things better, think it's HRK who switches off before reacting late to the danger.

I think Johnstone does get a lot of stick, most unjustified in all honesty. I think the way the team set up last year meant he was quite exposed, playing out from the back etc and a number of fans made their mind up that he wasn't good enough.

We need to remember we were spoilt by having Foster in goal for as long as we did. For me Johnstone is on of the best keepers in this league, I could probably only count on one hand the keepers in this league I would prefer in goal instead of him.

The constant criticism of him on twitter and instagram is unwarranted, and don't be surprised if that affects a players performance.

 

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 12, 2019, 10:30:10 AM »
Think it will be a mix of some of the new signings, couple of players who aint featured yet and then maybe 1/2 of the 'regulars'.

I would like to Ajayi have a game in midfield, rumoured to be his best position, although I would expect him to be rested.

Bond

Furlong
O'Shea
Bartley
Townsend

Brunt
Harper

Pereira/Diang
Burke
Willock

HRK

I think the starting team wont be far off this, with Austin coming on after about 55/60.

Bench of:

Johnstone, Ferguson, Ajayi, Tulloch, Livermore, Austin, Pereira/Diang

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Edwards - a star in the making?
« on: August 12, 2019, 08:47:19 AM »
He's starting to look like the player I thought Leko was going to become.

He is looking more comfortable with first team football and doesn't look out of place. Gives us a real threat from the wing.


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