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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: best team since 2000
« on: March 23, 2020, 12:47:59 PM »
Foster

Balis
McAuley
Evans
Gibbs

Mulumbu
Scharner

Gera
Koumas
Odemwingie

Lukaku

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 15, 2020, 02:41:17 PM »
We struggle to kill teams off. Not enough cutting edge up front.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jake Livermore
« on: February 14, 2020, 04:09:08 PM »
Someone on Facebook suggested another England call up for Jake. Is it April 1st already?  :D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: February 14, 2020, 04:06:13 PM »
I think that people are right to question team selection and tactics when things aren't going right however Bilic has done a fantastic job this season so far. Talk of him getting the sack a couple of weeks ago was unbelievable. I don't recall people questioning Mowbray during the Championship winning season despite the fact that we lost 11 games along the way.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 09, 2020, 05:17:59 PM »
Back to basics defensively over the last couple of games. No faffing about just got rid when needed. Johnstone looked far more comfortable and Bartley was immense. Best performance of the season for me. Showed we have the fight necessary. Krov and Pereira played well and the 2 new lads look very useful.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: January 31, 2020, 10:05:31 PM »
Stoke are in a dog fight and could be relegated, I wouldn’t like to see Chris involved in all that. Stay and win promotion a much better option to end your career

If they play him in the centre of the park there's a very good chance that will happen.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nathan Ferguson
« on: January 30, 2020, 03:45:08 PM »
He could have played in the premier league and increased his wages with us though.

I suspect Palace will be paying him more than we ever would plus he'll get a signing on fee. Add to that the fact that we may not go up and Palace are a pretty established Prem club I'd say it's a step up for him. Living in London may also appeal to him.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nathan Ferguson
« on: January 30, 2020, 01:02:02 PM »
I can't believe how many of our fans are giving him stick. Have they never left a job for a better one with more money?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kamil Grosicki
« on: January 29, 2020, 08:13:55 PM »
He's always impressed me when I've seen him play. I know it may seem a short term signing but we need to do what we can to get over the line. At least the likes of him and Robinson are fit and can hit the ground running.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nathan Ferguson
« on: January 29, 2020, 06:56:26 PM »
I wish him all the best. A very good prospect just a pity we couldn't hold onto him. Let's hope we are in for a genuine LB as Townsend is poor and Gibbs is a crock.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: January 29, 2020, 12:53:58 PM »
                   Bond

Furlong   Ajayi   Bartley   Ferguson

             Barry   Sawyers

                Krovinovic

Phillips                           Robinson

                   Austin

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: January 29, 2020, 12:51:31 PM »
We need a big, loud keeper with a huge presence. That is key behind any defence. Take Liverpool as an example. Van Dijk gets all the credit but their defensive improvement has coincided with the signing of Alisson. If Bond or Al Habsi are not deemed good enough to contest a first team place then neither should be here.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Filip Krovinovic (on loan from Benfica)
« on: January 25, 2020, 06:36:10 PM »
Technically he’s a very good player. He just seems a bit too lightweight for the rough and tumble of the Championship. If we go up I’d hope we look to sign him as think he do well in the Premier.

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Anyone think that perhaps 3 games out of the team may actually serve Pereira and the club well?

He gets a bit of break, comes back and he can get his form back

Id rather we had him for the games but this could end up being a blessing in disguise for the bloke

I think it might. As good as he is we have become a bit over reliant on him with most of our play going through him. Teams have sussed us and it's not worked for a few weeks. His absence forces a change in personnel and hopefully tactics. We played very well at Charlton without him albeit against a weak side.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: System tactics personnel
« on: January 22, 2020, 12:20:36 PM »
With our full back issues and inability to keep the goals out I'm surprised we haven't tried 3 at the back. With what we have currently available I'd go:

                                  Bond

                  Ajayi        Bartley      Hegazi / Ferguson / O'Shea

Furlong            Livermore    Sawyers             Edwards

                                 Pereira

                             Austin   HRK

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Slaven Bilic
« on: January 20, 2020, 10:29:00 PM »
I think Slav is getting a bit of unjust stick. I think we've overachieved massively especially when you look at the strikers at our disposal. We need to back him in this window.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Jonny Evans joins Leicester
« on: January 09, 2020, 01:07:57 PM »
Evans was a class act especially in his first 2 seasons. His performance away at Manure in the 0-0 draw was one of the best I've seen from one of our CH's. The fact than Man City bid for him and he still plays in the Prem speaks volumes.

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: January 04, 2020, 05:40:08 PM »
If DG rocks up somewhere else, I'm not all that bothered to be honest.

Loved him when he was with us last season, but a lot of things have changed for him, fitness issues, lack of match fitness and actual playing time.

A half fit Gayle is far better than anything we have. He'll strengthen one of our rivals massively.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matty Phillips
« on: January 02, 2020, 04:15:10 PM »
I've never known a player especially of his size shy away from so many tackles. Unforgiveable for me. He can be unplayable on his day but sadly these days are few and far between.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: December 26, 2019, 04:06:20 PM »
If you have an iPad virgin is working fine on the sky sports app.
Tried on my iphone but still no joy.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: December 26, 2019, 03:39:55 PM »
Anyone else struggling to view via Red Button? The game just won't play. Watching through Virgin. 

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: November 11, 2019, 07:26:12 PM »
It would be suicide to play Brunt and Krov in the middle. Need some legs and physical presence hence why Ajayi must start in there with Krov for me. Hegazi to come in at CB.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Hal Robson-Kanu
« on: October 02, 2019, 01:26:03 PM »
From memory within this Forum, someone had spoken to HRK on transfer deadline day. I remember reading it at the time and thinking 'yeah right'. However, it was very accurate with four of the five signings, ie; Willock, Periera, Diangana and [I think] Austin. The fifth one was Gayle, who was supposed to have been returning but backed out at the last moment as he wanted a permanent deal.

So you could say that the striker issue was thought to have been resolved but fell apart on TDD.

I know that someone will correct me on this - please feel free.

I think you are right. It was all a bit last minute though and we had no back up plan to Gayle it seemed. Had Gayle signed we'd have been no further forward anyway due to his injury.

Back to HRK what we need to remember was that he is more of a winger than striker so is never going to be that effective regardless of his limited ability. No different to sticking Phillips or Burke up there IMO which again is something that we shouldn't be doing.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:42:28 AM »
A decent performance overall but woeful in the final third. Up front very poor and we seem reluctant to shoot for some reason. I always believe that a good team needs a solid spine. I think our weaknesses run down the middle. Johnstone, Bartley, Livermore and take your pick of the strikers. Much improved from last season however and a joy to watch at times.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Hal Robson-Kanu
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:38:06 AM »
He's ok at coming on and tumbling over a lot when we just need to consolidate, but he can't start, he's just not good enough. It was embarrassing last night, in the sense that we had this wonderful movement in behind, with Perreira, Diangana, Phillips, Furlong, Sawyers, Ajayi and Ferguson and then him, lumbering up top, trying to twist and turn and ending up on his arris. It was the equivalent of me joining up with Diversity and doing a bit of dad dancing FFS.
We need a striker that fit's the dynamic of the team. Someone young, hungry, enthusiastic and a bit maverick.
I'm really happy with the way we are looking, over the moon in fact, it's pant wetting stuff at times but, in terms of our strike force, January cannot come soon enough.

We had all summer to address this problem but somehow didn't manage to. January will be even more difficult for us unless we either spend big or get lucky.

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