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Last Match Forum - 26/09 Chelsea (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: Yesterday at 07:36:25 PM »
Absolutely robbed at the end. Zero chance that goal stands if it’s the othe end. The ball is going out of play without the handball.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:57:36 PM »
Take Pereira and Diangana out and I doubt this team makes the top half of the championship (which is a worrying sign for next season when we lose them). It's going to be a long season.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:37:20 PM »
It was obvious last week we just end up inviting pressure playing a back 5 and the same thing happened again.

If you're a Pulis type you might be able to set your side up to absorb huge amounts of pressure for 90 minutes but that is not Bilic and he is not good at setting up a side to defend. Playing on the break isn't a bad idea given our talents, but expecting to get anywhere by letting our midfield get overun and expecting the likes of Kyle Bartley to go 90 solid minutes in those circumstances is asking for trouble.

But then the truth is we've been supbar for 9 months now.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:29:09 PM »
Let's not take away from a great performance until last 5 minutes. Think Billic had the setup spot on. Diangana causing them all kinds of problems. What an idiot Gibbs was. He was causing lots of problems down the left flank until then.

Good attacking performance but conceding 2 in one half is in no way a good performance.

Once again, decent 20 minutes, then increasingly they were knocking on the door. Very few managers play 3 at the back effectively, and Bilic is not one. Almost every team you see play it ends up just up trying to absorb pressure as they get overan in midfield, yet our defence is not cut out for it.

Can't say we didn't expect it. Same thing happened last week.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:25:30 PM »
Genuinely have to worry about us challenging Derby's record this season. Very difficult to see us ever conceding less than 2 (and very often 3+) which is going to make it extremely difficult to pick up points.

Our defence looks entirely uncompetitive against Leicester and Everton, so you can pretty much write off getting anything from the big 6 teams right now.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 19, 2020, 01:21:51 PM »
Gibbs is a waste of time. Has some technical talent but makes a tonne of mistakes and prone to dropping the team right in it.

Difficult to see how we avoid relegation, but if we're to be at all competitive we desperately need a striker and a left back before the window is up.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: September 19, 2020, 11:36:12 AM »
0 shots on target last week and ultimately could have lost by more than 3 goals and we keep the same team? Absolutely baffling.

Considering our form since prior to Christmas, Bilic is going to find himself on very thin ice incredibly quickly if this keeps up. Signs of a man trying to get sacked, almost like the end of Pulis' reign. I suspect he knows he's doomed this season and his reputation will be far better off with the promotion and an apparently unfair sacking early in the season compared to being rooted to the bottom all year before getting the chop.

Also helps to explain some of his stranger recent behaviour like insisting he absolutely needs Krovinovic who was never a regular in the championship, and not even in his vital last game to win promotion....yet is apparently must buy in the premier. And which only drives his price up. Like he's giving himself excuses.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 16, 2020, 06:26:25 PM »
I hope Gallagher's signing allows Harper to go out in loan. There is clearly a very talented player there. Turning his man easily and driving in a 25 harder shows he has what it takes to be atleast a decent championship player. Just needs a season somewhere to get his role and position nailed down.

His biggest problem right now is how passive he is, he's extremely peripheral for a central midfielder but you can see there's a lot of potential there - ability to dribble, calm on the balll, decent strike on him here.

I think a similar criticism can be made of prety much all our young academy attackers to be honest. Edwards is much the same, clearly talented but doesn't thrive off responsibility.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Conor Gallagher
« on: September 14, 2020, 06:09:30 PM »
Don't really see how Gallagher would in anyway replace Livermore. He was a attacking midfielder for Charlton, and quite often fo Swansea. When he didn't play attacking midfield he was your classic box to box midfielder.

He'll be a good signing as he's far more of a creative threat than Sawyers/Livermore/Harper/Krovinovic combined but we'll need a few more of that ilk - but certainly no defensive midfielder, at least based off his first team career so far. Also seems a decent athlete which was something we sorely lacked yesterday.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: September 13, 2020, 03:51:23 PM »
Might as well start preparing for the championship now. Only most this side ultimately showed in the second half of last season they're not good enough to challenge of that either. Best hope some of our academy players out on loan come good for us....

Expecting less than 20 points this season. Anything more will be a pleasant surprise.

About what I exspected playing in a new formation & being our 1st game of the season very dissapionted in the way we just waived the white. The player's we need is Kov & the best fast quick, strong forward that our money can buy. Plenty of time to right these wrongs.

Don't see how a squad player for a mid-table standard side is going to help us. We need premier league quality. It won't even help us stay up, there's too many weaknesses. But to at least be a little less embarassing.

We severely lack genuine quality. We've spent all our money to claw back a side that I would have severe doubts about gaining even a play off place this season had they not been bailed out by Brentford last season.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 13, 2020, 03:42:38 PM »
Don’t be so deluded.

We started the game well, not many would expect us to get anything from a team who spent majority of last season in the top 4 of the premier league.... without Bartley being his useless self it would still be 1-0 and we would still be well in the game.

We've had 1 shot in the entire game (well off target)....the only delusion here is thinking holding on to a 1-0 to a team who took a point a game after Christmas last year and has half their back 4 out at home is something to be proud of. We've looked far more like losing 5 or 6 based on the last 2/3 of the game.

This is by far the least prepared we've looked since 02/03 for this league. And at least then we rode a high the first half of the season to see us get some points. It's difficult to see where 20 goals are coming from this season, yet alone enough to stay up.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 13, 2020, 03:36:57 PM »
Absolutely dreadful performance. Injury hit side in terrible form for the last half of last season and we haven't even managed anything close to a shot on target.

Genuinely think we could trouble Derby's point record based. We're a mid-table championship side who fluked our way to promotion.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: September 13, 2020, 03:24:45 PM »
Desperately need to get one of the centre backs off for a midfielder. There are very few sides who look good playing this formatiom, we are not one of them. Zero threat.

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So ends the worst signing in our history. A sign of just how bad our scouting and transfer strategy was under Pulis after we got rid of our once league-leading scouting set up. How Leipzig managed to make a profiton a player who flopped is anyone's guess.

Wilder is good but he isn't a miracle worker, he won't turn Burke into a premier league player. He has all of physical tools, such as great pace, power, ability to run with the ball and a decent enough finish, but he doesn't have the application tp convert that raw ability and accordingto some reports, he doesn't quite have the mindset either.

I expect he will be jn the SPL or League 1 in a few years time, where he will probably do well.

To be fair to Pulis, our recruitment had been far worse just prior to him coming in. The summer before we came manager was probably the worst transfer window we've had in years:

Gardner
Lescott
Baird
Pocognoli
Brown Ideye
Jason Davidson
Sebastian Blanco
Samaras
Gamboa
Verela (on loan)

Practically all chronically useless. Lescott the only one who was even remotely useful and even he we got rid of after that season. It wasn't like you could even argue they were just misused here given none of them did anything after leaving either. The foreign scouting was clearly terrible by that point.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Dingle watch - Anything Wolves
« on: September 06, 2020, 10:00:59 PM »
Portgual are one of the best football producing nations on the planet and they clearly think Silva is an exciting talent, but for Wolves to spend £35m on an 18 year old striker with 1 senior goal to his name (in a cup game no less), that feels like a huge gamble a club of their size shouldn't be taking.

It might work out, most of their signings do, but it's incredible money really.

They don't think anything. They've been told to pay that much by Mendes. This is just Wolves pulling a Bebe.

Thats how the guy works. He's probably the most corrupt man in football and his clubs will move money round like a merry go round so you'll horrifically overpay for some players and in return he'll sort you out with some players who would otherwise be out your reach. And soometimes that means selling a Mendes client for far less than market value, like they did with Doherty, so in return you'll get the odd bargain like Neves.


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General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: September 05, 2020, 07:13:21 PM »
Effectively a pre-season game, don't know why anyone would watch a pre-season game expecting quality and excitement. They almost never are.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: David Button
« on: September 05, 2020, 10:13:56 AM »
Probably a slightly better backup than Bond, but given Johnstone's injury record is very good I wouldn't expect to see him much outside cup games at any rate.

Hopefully the coaching staff have been working extremely hard at improving Johnstone's command of the box ready for the premier....

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General Football & Sports / Re: Anything England Football
« on: September 01, 2020, 09:03:21 AM »
A day after James Tarkowski is snubbed by England for the the first team, the under 21s decide to keep Arsenal sub Reiss Nelson in the side at the expense of Dwight McNeil, one of the best wingers in the premier league.

Big club bias alive and well in national team selections again, couldn't possibly have players from little old Burnley.

Does no one rememeber James Tarkowski has been called up before and also looked out of his depth when he did? Uncomfortable on the ball and gave away a clumsy penalty.

Does anyone also actually beleive he's an amazing centre back and not merely someone who plays well because he plays in a extremely defensive system? Michael Keane who's apparently no good now used to be their star centre back. Heck, put Kyle Bartley in a system where he has two jobs: Win headers, make blocks and he'll probably look great too.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Cedric Kipre
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:32:57 PM »
This would be typical Albion. Linked with 765 players and we sign a CB from Wigan. Might not have been so bad if we were in the Championship but players like Kipre are not going to keep us in the Premier League.

If we are serious about being a Premier League club we have to do better than this.

You're being unduly harsh. Wigan fans rate the guy highly, he was rated at Motherwell before them. Seems a potentially shrewd pick up.

Most our best signings have tended to be this kind of signing previously.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Cedric Kipre
« on: August 27, 2020, 04:49:37 PM »
Seems like he has a decent reputation. Could be a shrewd signing, fee for other clubs was rumoured at 900k, so could be a useful use of funds. Duffy being rumoured for a lot of money for a guy himself who was nothing more than a decent championship centre back did not seem good value.

Centre backs and goalkeepers are two positions I think you can pretty often get good players for low prices (see Ajayi as a great example). Better to save the funds for the forward positions.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jonathan Leko
« on: August 24, 2020, 12:49:19 PM »
Why do we always get such poor fees for our players compared to other clubs? 1m for a England youth international who was doing very well for Charlton before injury?
 He got 5 in 21 there. How is that worth as little as what we're paying for some 30 odd year old back up keeper? Leko could be worth a fair wedge if he continues developing
his end product - like he seemed to be doing for Charlton.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Grady Diangana (on loan from West Ham)
« on: August 19, 2020, 08:10:31 PM »
If he were available for 15m you'd have to buy him as an investment. Leeds paid 16m for Helder Costa who's done nothing the previous seasons, Fulham 15m for Knockaert. He'd be worth towards that kind of money even if he flopped like those two did in the premier based on his championship performances.

If he succeeded in the premier you'd have a player worth 2, 3 times that.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Isaiah Brown
« on: August 01, 2020, 09:57:19 PM »
Just some error on the website, 43 was his number when he was here back in 12/13.

As a wider point, for all the praise our academy gets for producing attackers, absolutely none of them have made it at premier league level. Here or otherwise. I guess Berahino would have done with a better attitude and at least did do it for one season, but regardless. Makes you think.

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: July 26, 2020, 04:08:02 PM »
Amazed anyone ever signed Dawson as a premier league centre back. He's a terrible centre back, accident waiting to happen.

He was just about passable as a right back under Pulis that was about it.

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We have to be targeting who the Eze will be in 12 months, there's no point going for players after their breakout championship season. They'll be beyond our price range then.

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