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Next Match Forum - 21/08 Reading (H) / Re: Team
« on: Today at 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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Next Match Forum - 21/08 Reading (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: Today at 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: Today at 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: Yesterday at 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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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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Last Match Forum - 13/08 Millwall (Carabao Cup 1 - H) / 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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Last Match Forum - 13/08 Millwall (Carabao Cup 1 - H) / 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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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore joins WBA
« on: August 12, 2019, 08:45:07 AM »
I'm reserving judgement until he's up to speed with his teammates and up to speed fitness wise.

He hasn't played too much football over the last year and hasn't had a solid run of games.

There are some bits where he has looked useful, and other times he hasn't looked as sharp. Granted on Saturday he should have stuck that chance away. We looked better with him on the pitch than off it against Forest.


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I have a feeling HRK might get the nod over Austin, with Austin getting 30 mins here and then starting at the weekend.

I think we will line up something like:

Bond

Furlong
O'Shea
Bartley
Townsend

Brunt
Livermore

Diang/Periera
Willock
Periera/Burke

HRK

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 09, 2019, 09:33:18 AM »
I expect the new boys will be on the bench. The medical staff will have assessed how fit they are and how much they can contribute.

I expect most of them will start Tuesday night against Milwall to gain match fitness.

Agreed.

I think the starting 11 will be the one that beat Forest. With us then looking to some of the new boys if we need them for the last 20/30 mins.

Tuesday's game I would assume they will all be given a run out with the idea to get at least 60/70 mins into them and see how fit they are.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Best XI
« on: August 09, 2019, 09:30:22 AM »
I think it depends on how Bilic looks to set up, whether we will go with the 4-5-1 or adapt a 4-4-2 now we have Austin in.

Personally I would go with

Johnstone

Torn on the right back, at the moment its Ferguson as he has earned his spot, but still interested to see more of Furlong
Hegazi
Ajayi
Gibbs

Sawyers
Livermore/Harper

Phillips
Krov
Pereira

Austin

I also wouldnt be surprised to see us be a bit more adventurous at home against teams who sit back, possibly slotting Phillips into midfield alongside Sawyers and Livermore and having 3 attackers further forward.

What the new lads have done is given us options to rotate and change formations, with Willock and Diangana being able to play either wing and as a supporting striker, it will give us some fluidity going forward and make it hard for oppositions to get used to how we line up.

I am excited to see the West Ham lad, the more I read from Hammers fans, he seems highly rated, featured enough last year aswell and some Hammers think he's 'too good' for the championship. Could be another Barnes situation if he does well, however unlike last year we seem to be more prepared for that situation now.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 09, 2019, 08:03:26 AM »
Johnstone
Ferguson Bartley Ajayi Gibbs
Sawyers Livermore
Phillips Krov Edwards
Zohore

Bond, Townsend, O’Shea, Harper, Pereira, Diangana, Austin.

This team is what I’d go with.

Blood the new guys in on Tuesday in the cup.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Director of Football
« on: August 08, 2019, 08:49:47 PM »
Dowling has antagonised the Academy so much the top staff have nearly all left.  Quite clever really; now he may be able to shut it down without having to make large payoffs?

Did we need Willock as well as Pereira?  Where does Edwards figure in all this?
With Diagana coming in where does Harper figure?
Dowling is signalling that the Academy produces players that are either not good enough or get pinched from us.

I don't believe that this is a good long term strategy.

Willock can play up top, number 10 and on the wing. Will provide competition for the strikers, wingers and Krov.
Pereira offers competition on Phillips side, a player who hardly ever lasts a full season with any injuries.
Diagana plays a totally different position to Harper so that’s irrelevant. Harper is in competition with Sawyers, Livermore and Brunt.

I would argue the fact that o’Shea, Fitzwater, Ferguson, Harper, Edwards all being involved in the first team squad prove that the academy is working. Leko has been sent out on loan because he isn’t ready for our first team and should have been loaned out ages ago. Field hasn’t been a regular starter for 5 managers now, again needs game time and loaning him out is the right thing to do. Like it or not our academy is doing well and is producing good players. You only have to look at how many are involved in the England set ups, not to mention Barca and Man City poaching two of them.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Director of Football
« on: August 08, 2019, 06:31:40 PM »
Time to rebuild the academy coaches now.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official - Chris Willock joins on loan
« on: August 08, 2019, 06:24:57 PM »
Is he a winger or a striker, the lad?

Seems to be able to play wing, upfront or second striker.

Gives us options in all the positions. I imagine he won’t start every game but seems a highly rated player.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Squad
« on: August 08, 2019, 06:23:55 PM »
Another massive positive this window has been the ability to keep Hegazi, Phillips and Gibbs.

Weren’t fussed about Dawson and to an extent Rodriguez I thought could be replaced.

Keeping the 3 I mentioned is massive.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Director of Football
« on: August 08, 2019, 06:22:11 PM »
We as fans are quick enough to slate them when it goes wrong, so only fair we praise them when they do a good job.

Solid window, reduced the age of the squad, brought in some much needed athletes, pace, quality all across the pitch.

Good job Dowling.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Squad
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:48:16 PM »
The balance of this squad is so much better than last year.

What I like the most is the look of mobility and flexibility we have now. Pace I. Midfield and attack, and good options from the bench.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Signed Official - Charlie Austin
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:23:25 PM »
For the fans worried about his injury record, just to point out he hasn’t been injured since jan 2018.

If we can get a tune out of him he will score 20+.

Great signing especially at the price.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Grady Diangana joins WBA on loan
« on: August 08, 2019, 05:22:15 PM »
Hammers fans not happy that he’s gone on loan, some day he’s ready for premier league football.

Sounds promising.

Welcome kid.

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