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Technically he’s a very good player. He just seems a bit too lightweight for the rough and tumble of the Championship. If we go up I’d hope we look to sign him as think he do well in the Premier.

Anyone think that perhaps 3 games out of the team may actually serve Pereira and the club well?

He gets a bit of break, comes back and he can get his form back

Id rather we had him for the games but this could end up being a blessing in disguise for the bloke

I think it might. As good as he is we have become a bit over reliant on him with most of our play going through him. Teams have sussed us and it's not worked for a few weeks. His absence forces a change in personnel and hopefully tactics. We played very well at Charlton without him albeit against a weak side.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: System tactics personnel
« on: January 22, 2020, 12:20:36 PM »
With our full back issues and inability to keep the goals out I'm surprised we haven't tried 3 at the back. With what we have currently available I'd go:


                  Ajayi        Bartley      Hegazi / Ferguson / O'Shea

Furlong            Livermore    Sawyers             Edwards


                             Austin   HRK

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: January 20, 2020, 10:29:00 PM »
I think Slav is getting a bit of unjust stick. I think we've overachieved massively especially when you look at the strikers at our disposal. We need to back him in this window.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Jonny Evans joins Leicester
« on: January 09, 2020, 01:07:57 PM »
Evans was a class act especially in his first 2 seasons. His performance away at Manure in the 0-0 draw was one of the best I've seen from one of our CH's. The fact than Man City bid for him and he still plays in the Prem speaks volumes.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: January 04, 2020, 05:40:08 PM »
If DG rocks up somewhere else, I'm not all that bothered to be honest.

Loved him when he was with us last season, but a lot of things have changed for him, fitness issues, lack of match fitness and actual playing time.

A half fit Gayle is far better than anything we have. He'll strengthen one of our rivals massively.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matty Phillips
« on: January 02, 2020, 04:15:10 PM »
I've never known a player especially of his size shy away from so many tackles. Unforgiveable for me. He can be unplayable on his day but sadly these days are few and far between.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: December 26, 2019, 04:06:20 PM »
If you have an iPad virgin is working fine on the sky sports app.
Tried on my iphone but still no joy.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: December 26, 2019, 03:39:55 PM »
Anyone else struggling to view via Red Button? The game just won't play. Watching through Virgin. 

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: November 11, 2019, 07:26:12 PM »
It would be suicide to play Brunt and Krov in the middle. Need some legs and physical presence hence why Ajayi must start in there with Krov for me. Hegazi to come in at CB.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Hal Robson-Kanu
« on: October 02, 2019, 01:26:03 PM »
From memory within this Forum, someone had spoken to HRK on transfer deadline day. I remember reading it at the time and thinking 'yeah right'. However, it was very accurate with four of the five signings, ie; Willock, Periera, Diangana and [I think] Austin. The fifth one was Gayle, who was supposed to have been returning but backed out at the last moment as he wanted a permanent deal.

So you could say that the striker issue was thought to have been resolved but fell apart on TDD.

I know that someone will correct me on this - please feel free.

I think you are right. It was all a bit last minute though and we had no back up plan to Gayle it seemed. Had Gayle signed we'd have been no further forward anyway due to his injury.

Back to HRK what we need to remember was that he is more of a winger than striker so is never going to be that effective regardless of his limited ability. No different to sticking Phillips or Burke up there IMO which again is something that we shouldn't be doing.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:42:28 AM »
A decent performance overall but woeful in the final third. Up front very poor and we seem reluctant to shoot for some reason. I always believe that a good team needs a solid spine. I think our weaknesses run down the middle. Johnstone, Bartley, Livermore and take your pick of the strikers. Much improved from last season however and a joy to watch at times.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Hal Robson-Kanu
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:38:06 AM »
He's ok at coming on and tumbling over a lot when we just need to consolidate, but he can't start, he's just not good enough. It was embarrassing last night, in the sense that we had this wonderful movement in behind, with Perreira, Diangana, Phillips, Furlong, Sawyers, Ajayi and Ferguson and then him, lumbering up top, trying to twist and turn and ending up on his arris. It was the equivalent of me joining up with Diversity and doing a bit of dad dancing FFS.
We need a striker that fit's the dynamic of the team. Someone young, hungry, enthusiastic and a bit maverick.
I'm really happy with the way we are looking, over the moon in fact, it's pant wetting stuff at times but, in terms of our strike force, January cannot come soon enough.

We had all summer to address this problem but somehow didn't manage to. January will be even more difficult for us unless we either spend big or get lucky.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nathan Ferguson
« on: September 28, 2019, 03:06:10 PM »
Another excellent performance.
Must be a fierce competition between him and Furlong at right back when Gibbs and Townsend return from injury.

Ferguson has to remain at LB for now. Far more superior defensively than either Gibbs or Townsend.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: September 22, 2019, 02:55:14 PM »
Hegazi will replace Bartley, everything will be fine then.

Hegazi was a virtual ever present last season and we still conceded for fun. A decent keeper is the only way things will improve IMO.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: September 18, 2019, 05:54:57 PM »
It would be very harsh on Ferguson if he were to be dropped. As much as I like Gibbs he is very suspect defensively at times. Phillips is the one for me that should be sweating over a place.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ex Players Thread
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:20:03 AM »
An interesting article about Odemwingie. Still one of my favourite players.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 02, 2019, 03:18:53 PM »
Gibbs is very suspect defensively but Townsend is poor. League 1 player at best IMO.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: September 01, 2019, 07:57:35 PM »
Untill he has a settled defence infront of him i'll stay 50% 50% on him but his time to shine must be this season.

Works both ways. Swap him and Bartley for Al Habsi and Hegazi and we'd see a big improvement.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 27, 2019, 05:26:39 PM »
There is always one team that goes on a good run from Xmas onwards and gets promoted. The Vile last year and Fulham the year before. This season it will be us I reckon. I predict a slow start but we'll be there or there abouts still. We will need to sign a decent striker in January though.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 24, 2019, 04:20:40 PM »
Played very well today. Credit where it is due. Hopefully give him some confidence.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 24, 2019, 04:19:40 PM »
We've got them in Austin and Hegazi but it won't make a difference if we don't see a shift in the way we are trying to attack.

Also, the people calling for 442 obviously don't watch much football. It's an outdated formation that nobody plays and we've looked appalling every time we've tried playing it in recent years. Fulham and Leeds play with one striker, as did Norwich and Villa last season, there's nothing wrong with it and if people think our problems will suddenly be fixed by chucking another sriker on then they are going to be disappointed.
Agree with this. Nothing wrong with the formation. We need to move the ball quicker and be a bit more direct. Final ball needs to improve but most of all we need to commit more bodies forward when attacking. Too often Zohore was on his own in the box again today.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 24, 2019, 01:29:11 PM »
I still cant believe we've gone into the season with Austin and Zohore as our only real striking options. Gayle and JRod would have buried that chance at the end.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Anyone Else Slightly Concerned??
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:48:35 AM »
Early days still but I agree we do look a little bit light up front. Lets hope we can keep in touch until January and make the necessary signings to see us over the line. A goalscorer and new keeper a must for me.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Worst goals conceded last season?
« on: August 21, 2019, 01:28:12 PM »
We conceded a fair few poor goals even when we did stop playing from the back. Problems for me were no protection from midfield and poor personnel. Midfield certainly looks a lot stronger now. Bartley has improved slightly but both him and Johnstone are an accident waiting to happen IMO.

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