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General Football & Sports / Re: Westbrom.com fantasy football
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:01:08 PM »
League has been renewed from last season to rejoin. For new players the code is: t10mqv

Late starter but I've joined the league, didn't realise there was a .com one going! I'm top of my friends league that I'm in so watch out, Dynamo Kebab are aiming for the top :P

Last Forum - 21/08 Reading (H) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 22, 2019, 10:13:54 AM »
Bit of doom and gloom on here! I thought Livermore played well, its obvious that he feels far more comfortable with the current midfield. Sawyers played ok, not quite as well as previous games but I don't think he was any better than Livermore last night.

Johnstone can't be blamed for that goal, only Mr. Tickle would have gotten to that. He also made a decent save for the freekick in the first half, although I would have been disappointed if it had gone in as it was at a good height for him.

Diang needs to speed his decision making up a little and sometimes release the ball a little quicker but it is nice to see a winger taking on players.

Pereira looked excellent when he came on, really looking forward to a season of him and Krovinovic dismantling defences.

Austin looked isolated which is always the danger when playing a lone striker against 3 CB's, I actually think Zohore may have been a better choice to start as it looks like he has more legs on him to run in behind.

Reading played very well though, they had a good game plan to sit deep and man mark in open play. It was clear they wanted to bog down the pitch in front of the 18 yard box and make it difficult to play through.

Overall though I was relatively happy with the performance, deserved at least 1 or 2 more pens! If we get that pen in the first 10 minutes its a game changer, the first goal was always going to be very important. We score early on and Reading have to open up more to try and get an equaliser which would have left gaps that could have been exploited by our attacking options. It would have been a robbery for us not to at least get a point out of the game and we probably on the balance of play deserved to win it. Still undefeated in the league though with a lot of our summer signings only just starting to get some game time. A few more matches under the belt and we will destroy some teams in this league (any idea when we play Stoke  :P)

Last Forum - 21/08 Reading (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:04:46 AM »
Early days I know and the team still needs time to gel, but.... this is a game that should be winning if we want to be getting automatic promotion. Won't be our season over if we do lose but I think its important to keep the momentum going and I can't think of a better way other than to get our first home win of the season

Last Match Forum - 17/08 Luton Town (A) / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 19, 2019, 10:50:19 AM »
The build up play to Diangana's second 'lucky' goal was superb.

Yeah I didn't see the game, only the highlights, but I couldn't see where Jones was coming from with the 'lucky' goals comment. First one was a superb finish where a great bit of movement opened the angle for him and the second one was quick reaction to the ball bouncing around. I get the feeling with how Jones sets his teams up and his post match comments that he is quite delusional

Last Match Forum - 17/08 Luton Town (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:29:15 PM »

Last Match Forum - 17/08 Luton Town (A) / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:18:30 PM »
Bring on Austin, try and kill the game. 3 points at the start of the season are worth just as much as at the end, could be an important win

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:43:25 PM »
Just shows how much we need these signings to give us a cutting edge and turn possession into goal

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 09, 2019, 10:18:34 AM »
Agree with the majority here and don't think we will see much change from the starting 11, which  we shouldn't. Hoping to see one or two on the bench though probably Pereira and maybe Diang? Either way I am buzzing for this game and the rest of the season. A few pundits who have been making assumptions based on our outgoings could be a bit surprised with how we do.

Millwall will still be a tough one though I think, early season and the team hasn't had very long to gel. Think we will see a narrow win but Ill wait a few games until I jump on the bandwagon of we are/are not good enough

As far as noises from WBA are concerned it's been off all summer, never been on so we can't blame anybody at WBA.

I agree, they said at the start of the window that he's not coming so with I am with the mindset that its not happening. If he does end up coming then I will be happily surprised

Interesting reports that training is off at Newcastle today but Gayle has been spotted at the training ground? Would love him to come back but I am sick to death of this its on, its off situation. Its the hope that kills you

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matheus Pereira
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:30:21 PM »
This looks like it would be a fantastic signing in the Championship, really hoping this gets through with 1 or 2 more and we are looking at a very strong side this year

General Football & Sports / Re: Gareth Bale
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:32:43 AM »
If that article is anywhere near true, it paints a very poor picture of Bale. To live and work in a foreign country for 6 or 7 years and make no attempt to learn the language is just pig ignorant.

I really don't understand why he hasn't made the effort. Apart from being ignorant, surely being able to effectively communicate with your team mates will make life a lot easier

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Romain Sawyers
« on: July 26, 2019, 10:22:02 AM »
Personally very pleased with this, haven't seen much of him however but by all accounts on Brentford forums they will miss him. Many of their fans say he is one of the best players they have seen play. My only concern is the amount of players vying for a first team place in CM but that could also be a blessing depending on injuries. It has become a much more dynamic area of the pitch with our ins/outs in this window. I know which midfield I would prefer out of Livermore/Barry/Brunt or Sawyers/Krovinović/Ajayi

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jay Rodriguez
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:32:52 PM »
Officially gone


Jay Rodriguez has joined Burnley for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old, who came through the Clarets’ youth system before signing for Southampton in 2012, departs having scored 33 goals in 90 appearances for Albion in two full seasons at The Hawthorns.
The Club wish Jay and his family all the very best for the future and thank him for his efforts during his time with us.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:10:13 PM »
Reports on Twitter that U18's boss Mike Scott is leaving to go to Derby County as Head of Academy Coaching


I think what's worse than us being unable to stop youth players leaving to other clubs, is allowing the people that run this successful academy to leave. Why are we allowing people so important to our youth system to leave, this is surely something that we can prevent?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Morgan Rogers
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:48:12 PM »
Secure £8 Million (hopefully with a sell on clause of some sort) for the lad and just like that, the Academy's existence is re-validated.

Yes it's frustrating to lose players to a foreign club for a nominal fee (something you would hope FIFA address at some point), but selling domestically whenever we uncover a gem is financially worth it for us.

I would reject earlier calls for the academy to be canned on this basis alone, but then there is always the chance these players can also burst onto the scene for our own team too.

Not to mention the potential impact of Brexit on player transfers in and out of this country - British based players will be at a further premium (already are to an extent) and we must think long term with how we treat the academy with this in mind as well.

Have to agree with this. It is painful to lose potentially top players to bigger clubs when you hope they could have become a quality player for us. But if we keep producing these kind of players then we will make a tidy profit and hopefully the odd star can slip through their clutches and we can then sell for more around the Wan-Bissaka fee after they have done well for our first team

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Morgan Rogers
« on: July 09, 2019, 11:10:41 AM »


8 mil? Crazy money for a kid who hasn't started a league game, I can forgive us letting him go for that

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 05, 2019, 02:37:10 PM »
So we offered Lourie Barry a 3 year deal and PSG offered him a 5 year deal. :o For god sake why didn't we at least offer 5 years as well with lots of clauses and incentives to ratchet up his wages for appearances and goals? It's a shocking state of affairs when we can't even put together a quality package for 16 year old "wonderkid" when we have income of £50m and barely 20 first team players on the books. This just smacks as another example of the club being mismanaged.

For me a 5 year contract to a kid who cant even buy a lottery ticket isn't the way to go, regardless of how good he might become. I don't know what the offers elsewhere will be financially but if were to offer him say 5k per week for 5 years (a guess at what the PSG offer might look like) then not only is that a large financial commitment to a player of that age, but what stops Morgan Rogers, Jamie Soule etc. asking for similar or walk. At some point you have to draw the line at what you are prepared to pay such a young player. If reports are right, a 3 year contract including a year on a pro contract is a very good offer and one I doubt we have ever offered a youth player before

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Bigger Club or Albion?
« on: July 05, 2019, 02:01:47 PM »
just for fun and sort of prompted by the decision by Barry to reject Albions contract offer, i know he is not an albion fan but...

if you were a professional footballer and had the offer to remain at your boyhood club of Albion at 10k a week in the  championship say, or £80k a week at a club like Everton/Spurs/Arsenal, what would you do?

Although it pains me to say it, if someone offered me 70k per week more (3.64mil per year) then I would struggle to refuse that.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« on: July 05, 2019, 01:56:53 PM »
Real shame to lose Barry, I was hoping he could at least 'do a rooney' and break into a first team at 16/17, the get bought a couple of years later by one of the elite

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Filip Krovinovic
« on: July 05, 2019, 01:36:08 PM »
Feel generally positive about this one. Quick look at a Benfica forum though (poorly translated through google) and it is mixed reviews, some feel he was great when they started and just needs a good run of games to get back there. Others feel that when he had his injury he couldn't be bothered much and a number of them talk about women and wine. Ill remain optimistic though but reserve judgement until he has a couple of games under his belt

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Filip Krovinovic
« on: July 01, 2019, 02:00:37 PM »
translation follows (courtesy of google), sounds very positive

Krovinovic will represent West Bromwich next season as a loan from Benfica. The midfielder knew that he was not in the accounts of Bruno Lage and since the end of the season that was looking for a new team, with the aim of being able to act more regularly. There were several emblems to present proposals by the player, but it turned out to be the formation that militates in the second echelon of English soccer to win this race.

The benfiquistas managers have settled another dossier and already guarantee a fitting of 300 thousand pounds, equivalent to 335 thousand euros. This figure can double if the team led by Slaven Bilic - coach in the process - rise to the Premier League.

Moreover, Record knows, West Bromwich will have to pay 110 mln euros in the event that the average 23-year-old does not play half the games.

Krovinovic has also presented himself to work on Monday, but will soon travel to England to make this change official.

I hope that's not meant to mean we pay Benefica 110 million euros if he doesn't play half the games! That's one way to guarantee your loaned-out players game time I guess

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: June 28, 2019, 02:33:07 PM »
Its actually a fairly common practice, in fact off the top of my head we loaned Dawson immediately back to Rochdale when we bought him.

I think the point would be if they signed him on a free/minimal compo and then expecting us to maintain his development. If he was going to come and be a vital/key player then we have a reason to want him back but otherwise it is a waste of loan recruitment and game time for other young players in the squad

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