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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jacob Murphy (on loan from Newcastle)
« on: February 13, 2019, 05:30:18 PM »
Something there but needs a run of games.  Quick over first 5 yards and put over a couple of decent crosses second half.  Only worry for me is a lack of physicality....the boy Barnes could look after himself

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jake Livermore
« on: February 13, 2019, 05:21:47 PM »

International centre midfielder who cannot take the ball on the half turn. Yes that is exactly what he should have done. Can you imagine Livermore having caps if he was Spanish?

I can't imagine Livermore getting caps if he was Scottish....

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 12, 2019, 11:34:19 PM »
Was puzzled at the game how they scored the second..... So I've just watched the highlights and still equally puzzled.  What an utter shitshow of defending it is, looks like both Dawson And Tosin get muscled out the way by one Forest player.   Makes you pine for those heady days of GMac getting his nut on everything.

Poor tonight but kept going, you can never question the commitment to the end.   However, Livermore looks less and less a footballer by the week, has never been able to pass more than 5 yards but now losing his mobility and moving like a tank. Murphy lacks confidence and seems very lightweight, but may have something to offer.  Johansen OK but not the impact player yet that I'd hoped for.  Back 4 meh.  Barry is becoming key and Harper looks a real player alongside him

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 12, 2019, 09:02:45 PM »
Barry has to come on.

Becoming worryingly reliant on those 48 year old legs.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 12, 2019, 08:54:12 PM »
Ouch....worst half of football so far this season.   Livermore shocking as midfield pivot, Dawson just not good enough to be a passing defender.   Forest packing the defence and waiting for a mistake....boom there you go. 

Just reread my post and it's garbage, any player at this level should be able to pass the ball.  The issue is the options and angles that Livermore is making.....most of his passes come straight back. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: If we don’t go up
« on: February 11, 2019, 11:21:18 AM »
If we go up, then suffer another relegation from the Premier League, the Club may well sack DM, which would be terrible. Go up or stay in the Championship, there will be difficult issues. The best scenario would be for us to get promoted and then for Lai to sell up quickly to someone who is prepared to put some real money into the team. Getting rid of Lai is top of my wish list.

We have been awaiting our sugar daddy for a long time.....but this just seems very unlikely to me.  We have a proud and solid history but have not won a trophy for 50 years.  We do not have the big city (or one club city) location or potential growth in fan base to attract real money, and we would need a BIG spender not a Randy Seal or potential bankrupt to come in.  Unless you were a fan, why would anybody be prepared to put real money into the team when even a spend of £100 million plus does not guarantee success.    From Places 13 down anyone could go, even the likes of Palace who did spend big at one point (can you imagine the Albion spurting £35million on Benteke) and obs Fulham.    Watford and Wolves have done well without spending big, but their success is based around some very shady international relationships between multiple clubs and agents rather than up front investment.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: If we don’t go up
« on: February 11, 2019, 10:51:48 AM »
I still think we will be in a strong position if we don't go up, as we have a lot of sellable assets. The likes of Rondon, Rodriguez, Dawson, Gibbs, Livermore, Hegazi, Phillips will all command a price, so that fits the self sufficiency model.
Yes, they will have to be replaced, and yes it will be with younger, cheaper options, but that doesn't necessarily mean worse. We don't have to sell them all though, dependant on contracts, we only sell if it's right for the club.
We don't have a lot of expensive deadwood draining the wage bill, like the Villa did, so our destiny should still be in our own hands and I'd be more than happy to let Moore and Jones oversee this transition. Better that than someone like Moyes, Hughes or Allardyce anyway.

Either iehter for me.....

If we do go up it will be interesting to see what Darren Moore can do with those players mentioned above in the PL.  No doubt we would struggle as most of these players do sit in the zone of "too good for the Championship, not quite good enough to impact the PL" but hopefully we could continue to play the right way and not in the desperate, strangulating way we did at the end under TP and then Pardew.   We would need to utilise the loan market again as purse strings will be tight at PL level, however it would allow us to keep the majority of players we want and cherry pick from the best of the younger players in the lower divisions and B list abroad, which will set us up to challenge again if we do go down. 

If we don't go up this year then the new recruitment team will really need to start earning their money as the squad will likely go through the complete over-hall that will be due sooner or later anyway. We should be there or there abouts this year, so these players should be trading at the mid-top end of their price range so there will be some money to re-invest and wages should be easier to meet for players outside of the PL experience bracket.   Another year in the division will also tell us just how good our Academy graduates are - the warning is that none of the previous graduates who flew the coop have actually gone on to show themselves as top players yet.   But what if some of those players had come through as a group?  Might it have made a difference?   

My best days as a fan have been dependent on being proud of the team no matter what division.  Yes, the mid table PL years gave real highlights - Uncle Roy's occasional number on one of the big boys were great at the time and those early golden months of Clarke's tenure taking us near the top 6 and ending with the Beast's goals in Fergies 5-5 swan song. However, i've got equally fond memories outside of the PL, including Ossies ridiculous footballing principles on the way to Wembley in the old div 2, SGM making a quality signing for every position we were weak and setting up teams to score first then defend a lead in the Champ, TM's team without any defenders that got us promoted with some great football and came straight back down in a blaze of glory.  Rose tinted possibly......but i have no rose tint associated with just playing to survive and giving up at 40 points.


West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jonathan Bond
« on: February 07, 2019, 12:04:34 AM »
For those saying no to retaining Bond for league games please explain the rationale behind picking Johnstone.

Don't think there's much to choose between them other than the price tag.  Drop Johnstone and your asset depreciates.  Not the best reason but most likely.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:52:53 PM »

Would mean one of the other loanees couldn't play. Reverting to a 3 is a disaster imo because if it happens it happens with Bartley and rules out one of the attacking loans because we would need Tosin on the bench.

Cannot play 3 with Bartley.   As some would say.....fact  ;D

If Johansen is the player we are hoping that would leave one of the wingers left out.  Hmmmm.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:46:13 PM »
For what it's worth I think a three with Tosin over Bartley now we have Holgate is an option worth investigating.  Untill the wheels came off it produced some devastating football in spells.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:42:08 PM »
As anticipated neither Rodriguez nor Dawson are injured.

We used this tie like a friendly.

Confirmed where Jacko? ...just to save me searching.   Curious.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:40:41 PM »
don't need a big budget but play your best team, which for me would have been Bond, back four from league Harper, Barry and Field in the middle with top three of Gayle, Rodriguez and Wes

That's fine when your second team is almost undiscernable  in quality from your first eleven.   The decision was made early in the season to have a cup side made up of development players and second string....rightly or wrongly....And they have been consistent with it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:26:16 PM »
Has a very good first touch and a football brain. Maybe needs to improve his stamina. Probably our best player tonight.

Will come.  More to do with pacing himself. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:25:14 PM »
Agreed. Raven/Mardon/Burgess et all look like Beckenbauer in comparison.

He does remind me a bit of Raven, same turning circle and first touch.  We were a level below this though and he really is no better.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:20:17 PM »
Mistakes at the back cost us again tonight, frustrating to think that these coaches seem unable to cut out costly errors. Fine the culprits two weeks wages guaranted they stop sharpish. In relation to respecting the cup I see pep who is a trailblazer puts out full strength team in both domestic cups maybe other managers will take note

Is it possible to even tell what their full strength team is?  Last time i looked DeBruyne was on the bench  :o

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 11:13:45 PM »
Too many old men who are Darren's friends get games.
We must become killers who want to win.
Forget the old pals act.

What? Harper, Field, Tulloch, Tosin, Jrod, Dawson, Hegazi, Rogers ????

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:41:18 PM »
Took a Prem side to extra time only losing when down to 10 men. Some strange subs but can't legislate for injuries.
Proud of Harper, Field, Tulloch and Rogers, the future looks bright.
Bartley cack, just cack.
Bond better than Johnstone.

Weak link even in second string.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:38:49 PM »
Someone tell me what was going on with the jrod Dawson Hegazi substitions?

We await the explanation.  Can only presume niggles and taken off as precaution.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:36:34 PM »
Enjoyed seeing the kids play,  unlucky going down to ten.   Great heart till the legs went.  Now awaiting the deluge of negativity.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:25:58 PM »
You can plan for not taking Rodriguez off switching to a back 3 that never works and isolating Kanu who had to over exert himself and pulled up as a result.

A professional footballer over exerting himself.......really

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:24:50 PM »
Moan if he doesn't play the kida, moan when he does. I've enjoyed watching the young lads play today, they've definitly not let us down. We can't plan for Kyle Bartley being the worst centre half we've had.

Pain for the present, hope for the future.   Impressed with the kids and we just don't give up!!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:19:19 PM »
Big Dave is at fault here. Team selections and substitutions baffling.

Can't plan for your defensive sub needing to be subbed and your striker going off injured???????

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:10:19 PM »
Christ I hope this is a 4 month thigh tear.

Just need Bartlett hammy to twang and that's a good night all round.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 06, 2019, 10:03:01 PM »
Still no Gayle. I don’t see why we’ve bothered playing this game, no intent to win it

Not the most robust.  In cotton wool.

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