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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: Today at 02:52:47 PM »
Absolutely fantastic today. Gets a lot of stick and rightly so at times but I think he’ll be a mainstay in the side from now.

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What a win. Unbelievable. We looked much better balanced with Snodgrass and Grosicki out wide. Both played well. Special mention to Bartley who was immense. I think he’ll flourish under Big Sam.

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You can't blame Alladyce for basic **** mistakes.

People blamed Bilic for similar. Big Sam is getting the same. Players are simply not good enough whoever is in charge.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chances of survival
« on: Yesterday at 01:43:54 PM »
Could definitely see Appleton in post next season.

That would definitely finish me off!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chances of survival
« on: Yesterday at 01:01:55 PM »
I think we had to have three or four players in now to have any chance.

I think realistically it is a case of getting in a few loans to try and make us more competitive and respectable for the rest of the season to avoid total humiliation.

I expect Allardyce to be replaced by someone else before the end of the season who will then prepare for the Championship campaign with a view to promotion and then keeping us in the Premier League, much as the club originally planned under Bilic. This time though they need to appoint a man that will set us up in a way that will enable to us to survive in the PL. We were never going to do that under Bilic, a newly promoted club cant try and play tippy, tappy football and out technique other teams with greater resources.

Funny how when Mowbray tried the same thing it seemed acceptable to most. He got the full season and a standing ovation for finishing bottom. He also signed several of the previous seasons loanees and never bothered with a CDM.

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Last Match Forum - 16/01 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) / Re: Team
« on: January 14, 2021, 01:52:13 PM »
I can see Snodgrass starting in a central midfield position.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: January 13, 2021, 05:44:02 PM »
I dont think anyone has said Bilic wasnt successful for getting automatic promotion. Quite the opposite infact

But the problems that existed last season still exist this season and he had 3 transfer windows to address it. He didnt.

How much of that was down to Bilic though? We had no more money left to bring anyone else in. Didn't he question the amount spent on Diangana for example?

The same will happen to Allardyce. He'll have plenty of targets but I'm not convinced the club will be able to bring them in.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: January 13, 2021, 02:42:24 PM »
OK, so I am looking at the present squad.

What's its strengths boinging?

Pereira - That's about it! ;D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:11:30 PM »
Allardyce will have a list of targets as long as his arm. I'm pretty sure Slav would have had too. We are however relying on Dowling and the club to get the players in. This is where the problem lies IMO.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: January 11, 2021, 11:48:23 AM »
I fear Big Sam could be our Alan Pardew for this season.

I was thinking more Ron Saunders.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: January 10, 2021, 11:43:37 AM »
Pereira looks a bit like how Maresca and Sneekes looked at times. On a different wave length to anyone else. He would shine with more quality around him. I actually thought he put a great shift in yesterday too and played some nice passes.

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As bad as anything served up by Pulis or Pardew. This is one awful squad of players. Leave the donkeys on the beach.

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That was just awful. We lack ideas all over the pitch. Both full backs are dreadful.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Robert Snodgrass
« on: January 08, 2021, 03:14:44 PM »
Based on the few line ups we've seen, it's extremely bad news for Diangana.

On the OS Big Sam says he can also play in a midfield 3. Be interesting to see where we do use him.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Charlie Austin
« on: January 08, 2021, 03:12:18 PM »
Having watched him come on in the last few games, it looks like his legs have gone. Sadly, you need to be topfit to play in the Prem League. I expect SA has got that message now.

You have to be fit to play in the Champ too. He looked lost in a lot of games for us last season.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Robert Snodgrass
« on: January 08, 2021, 03:10:10 PM »
He'll stand out a mile in this side IMO. Decent quality, great workrate and can put a foot in.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: January 07, 2021, 01:43:11 PM »
Bilic started the season with 1 point from 4 games, let's judge Allardyce properly when he's had a chance to get some players in that can play his way.
Yes he probably does need 4/5 players to try and balance the side and get them fighting to stay in this league.

I don't know if the club were stringing Bilic along more that they were giving him enough rope to hang himself which he duly did.

Agreed it's way to early to judge Allardyce but the point I was making was that it doesn't matter who is in charge of this lot they simply aren't anywhere near good enough. BS will improve us no doubt but not until he's made several signings. Something that I would have liked for Bilic to be given the opportunity to do.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Robert Snodgrass
« on: January 07, 2021, 12:20:18 PM »
A 1 in 5 goalscoring rate which is pretty impressive for a winger.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: January 07, 2021, 12:16:21 PM »
I wouldn't say that Slav was doing a bad job or couldn't be bothered. This squad of players is awful. Big Sam the saviour has managed 1 point from 4 games with the same bunch. He will need 4/5 decent players to give him any chance of survival. It seems the club were stringing Bilic along anyway and would have sacked him sooner has a suitable replacement been available.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Robert Snodgrass
« on: January 07, 2021, 11:20:15 AM »
We were able to buy Diangana in part because his path to first team football was blocked by among others Snodgrass 6 months latter we import Snodgrass who will not replace Phillips in the starting XI but will replace Diangana and or Pereira.

Diangana has plenty of years ahead of him. Hopefully some competition might give him the kick up the backside he needs.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Robert Snodgrass
« on: January 07, 2021, 10:42:21 AM »
West Ham fans seem pretty gutted that he’s leaving.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Robert Snodgrass
« on: January 06, 2021, 02:16:42 PM »
We could have done with him a few seasons ago IMO. That said he would still walk into our team. Has the experience and grit that we are currently lacking.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Karlan Grant Signs
« on: January 05, 2021, 10:59:24 AM »
Surely a striker has to come in ASAP now

We’ll probably bring back Big Ken.  :D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: January 04, 2021, 11:35:36 AM »
But who would have played in defence? Who do you replace Gallagher with? A number of the usual suspects aren't currently able to play at this level but they keep being selected because they're better than the alternatives. And yes, you're right, one or two of the names you mention would be the first names on my team sheet.

I agree Defensively we have very few options. I hope to see 2/3 new additions at the back as I’m not convinced this lot can be coached to perform to how Allardyce wants.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: January 04, 2021, 11:06:29 AM »
To be fair to him the squad's thinner than a teenage Kate Moss. I can't imagine the "other half" of the squad having done any better that the regular first team.

We had Pereira, Krov and Grosicki on the bench. All 3 could and should have started.

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