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There is no "Senior" ticket for this game . It is £10 for all adults and £1 for kids.

Well the reserved tickets should be amended to account for this then. They had just reserved a ticket they weren't offering for that game.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore joins WBA
« on: Today at 04:29:46 PM »
not necessarily a striker I would have thought about and 8m is a lot of dough , if its structured through goal bonus, appearances then all well and good, what I have seen of him he looks to have the necessary tools for a strikers role , finishing ? but as always we welcome him to the club and hope that he can join a long line of albion  no 9 heroes.

I've heard it could be as low as £2m to £2.5m down, with a lot of the deal dependent on achievement - his and the teams.

He was in the last year of his Cardiff deal, and supposedly wasn't 100% happy there.

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: Today at 04:26:12 PM »
English football will never catch up with the worlds best while we continue to give jobs to the likes of Bruce, Pulis, and co.

We need more like Eddie Howe.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Carabao Cup Ro 1 - Millwall (H)
« on: Yesterday at 09:13:57 PM »
Anybody else having a problem with the tickets for this one?

I always buy mine and my Dads online, and he's a senior. But there wasn't a price for a senior ticket, so it wouldn't let me buy it.

I had to ring the ticket office in the end, and the woman on the phone didn't understand the problem. It seems like somebody else should have experienced this by now?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kieran Gibbs
« on: Yesterday at 09:06:05 PM »

I don't think it would, I think Townsend is better now. Gibbs regressing for me, he's either giving penalties away or not closing crosses down. I'd be making Townsend first choice left back regardless of whether or not Gibbs stays.

Have you spent a bit too long in the Sportsman before games?  :P

Gibbs isn't the best defensively, but has obvious quality on the ball and going forward. He's perfect for a team that should be more concerned with attacking than being attacked. If we can keep him this summer, I think that's great.

Townsend meanwhile is a bang average Championship player. He tries hard, but he's limited. If he was our left back in the Premier League we'd concede loads from that side.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Semi Ajayi joins WBA
« on: Yesterday at 09:02:55 PM »
He looks a good player, but for £1.5 million it's a risk I don't mind us taking. The right age too - we could (should) see his peak years.

This is the type of player we should have been looking at before - although it's slightly easier now we're in the Championship.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: July 19, 2019, 01:12:26 PM »
Chris Lepkowski was saying on Twitter 'up to' 4 months. So could be a lot sooner.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore joins WBA
« on: July 19, 2019, 12:48:54 PM »
It's not an inspiring signing, but he has unfulfilled potential. If he can realise it, then it's an astute bit of business.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Salomon Rondon joins Dalian Yifang
« on: July 19, 2019, 12:46:53 PM »
Quite telling that no Prem or European club were willing to pay the fairly modest release clause for him.

A 29-year-old with one year left on his contract, who the club need to get off the books for financial reasons? I'd have been trying to get him on the cheap too.

We don't actually know if they've paid the release clause, or if it was just 'good enough'.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Salomon Rondon joins Dalian Yifang
« on: July 19, 2019, 09:02:35 AM »
28 goals in 120 games tells the story really.

never a fan of his but he always give it 100%.

Good luck Salomon !

Judging any striker on his goal return in a Pulis team is pointless - I'm fairly certain Rondon was the first player who hit double figures under him in over 10 years.

I'll miss him. We never saw the best of him, and I think Newcastle did.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Mr program Dave Bowler
« on: July 17, 2019, 04:56:42 PM »
I normally buy the programmes, but was contemplating knocking it on the head this year. They are terrific, but an added expense every home game. I won't be buying them now.

Of course, that's just playing into their hands, but I'm not paying nearly £4 if it's not going to be as good.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore
« on: July 17, 2019, 12:51:58 PM »
It's generally an uninspiring move, but when you see what other players are going for it's about par for the course.

I'll judge him when I see him, because I don't know enough about him otherwise.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Louie Barry
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:47:17 PM »
According to Sky, the club are annoyed with Barca because they've announced it before all the paperwork is completed.

Because that makes a difference in any of it... ::)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:45:45 PM »
I wish the bloke every success. I really do.

I just think it speaks volumes that after leaving us in 4th in the Championship, he's had to drop down a level for his next job.

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 13th July 2019 - Villarreal (A)
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:55:51 PM »
Anybody know what players we've actually taken to Spain? I've seen the number 18 mentioned, but I can't work it out.

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:49:53 PM »
As it stands I see Villa being in a 5 way relegation fight with Norwich, Sheffield, Brighton and Newcastle. Any 2 from these have a chance of staying up next season.

I don't think Brighton will be that deep next year. Probably the other four and then a surprise name.

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 9th July 2019 - Tamworth 2 Albion 4
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:48:40 PM »
With us having only 1 striker at the club, it is hard to work out why Soule hasn’t gone to Spain. No wonder the likes of Barry and Rodgers won’t sign on. Ridiculous.

If he was top scorer for the under-23's, then he should have gone. Especially as we've lost Rodriguez and Gayle, and are down to just Robson-Kanu up front.

No wonder young players want to leave if we won't include them.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jay Rodriguez Joins Burnley
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:45:45 PM »
I wasn't keen when we signed him - especially not for that price. It's a bit of a mixed bag overall - 22 goals last year, a couple of which against the Villa, but a lot of penalties. He seemed a bit lightweight at times, but kept working hard and scoring. And then there was the racism thing, which kind of tainted his time here, even if he wasn't guilty.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Kit 2019/20
« on: July 10, 2019, 12:41:11 PM »
Green and yellow stripes is a hard kit to get right; last year they nailed it, this year it looks a bit crap. It should always have green shorts.

I won't be getting it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Morgan Rogers
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:47:22 PM »
If you're Morgan Rogers, you are at a point in your career where you might still not make it as a professional. You have maybe 2-3 years to impress somewhere before getting released, and if you do you might not be picked up by another club.

In those 2 - 3 years, you could play for West Bromwich Albion earning £500 a week, or you could play for Manchester City, earning £20k a week. For the player, this is a no-brainer, as just three years at City could set you up for life, even if you don't make it. Even if you do get released by City, you can probably get picked up by a Championship club - which we currently are. So it makes sense.

The problem is the youth transfer system is broken, and needs fixing. But we haven't got any interest in fixing it because we can cherry-pick from below us for peanuts.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:41:36 PM »
One of the problems with our academy is that in the past the structure/coaches had been there for a long time, and were well trusted, so could give genuine advice on whether a player was ready for the step-up. By going cheap on the first team management, the club has lost Darren Moore and Jimmy Shan from the setup completely, leaving it with less experienced coaches, and removing some of the clear pathways that previously existed.

I wouldnt be surprised if we were very tight when it comes to wages of the young players, relying heavily on appearance/performance bonuses rather than wages, whilst also being very negative towards players' agents. All this is bound to push the players' representatives to recommend them move elsewhere, which will generate the agent more cash in the short term, with little regard to the player's ongoing development.

Why should a player be loyal if the club doesn't show they respect their talent?

What clear pathways to the first team have there been for youth players? The last one to break through on a consistent basis was Berahino. Before that, probably the Chambers twins and Lloyd Dyer.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:39:39 PM »
It’s a food chain and begs the question of why we aren’t doing similar to smaller clubs than us?

We are. But because it's us and a smaller club, it isn't really newsworthy. We've done it as far back as George Thorne.

Also the sums involved might be smaller, but they mean more to the clubs involved because they aren't earning premier league money.

Good signing that. I was doubtful we'd get it over the line, but if this is the calibre of player we're looking to bring in then that can only be a good thing.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 05, 2019, 01:33:48 PM »
Every time we lose a kid out of the academy, the call is to close it down. We shouldn't do that.

What we need to do is convince the kids that there is a path to the first team at our place. If we did that, they might work harder, and be less likely to leave.

That said, the system is broken, so we're losing players to Liverpool, Chelsea, etc., for peanuts.

We don't need to scrap our academy; we need to campaign for an overhaul of the system.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: One month to go
« on: July 04, 2019, 01:27:20 PM »
I'm struggling to get back into it tbh. It's not the start of the season - when anything could happen and the world's your oyster. It's the long hard slog of a Championship winter that I'm not looking forward to.

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