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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: December 23, 2019, 08:37:09 AM »
From The Athletic;

Ahmed Hegazi could start for West Bromwich Albion at Barnsley on Boxing Day but the defender’s future beyond January is uncertain after he was left out of the squad for Saturday’s draw against Brentford. The Egypt international was omitted by manager Slaven Bilic following a dispute over his non-participation in a training drill on the eve of the game.

And, with the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad making the opening moves in a bid to lure Hegazi from The Hawthorns, Albion are braced for a lengthy transfer saga in the new year as they try to keep the 28-year-old at the club and reverse a gradual fracturing of relations that culminated in Friday’s disagreement.

The Athletic understands Hegazi’s omission on Saturday followed a difference of opinion over his role in one training drill during Friday’s final preparations for the Brentford fixture.

Bilic believed Hegazi, who made such an impression in the Premier League during his first season at the club, playing all 38 of their league matches in 2017-18, had refused to take part in the session and the West Brom head coach reacted by axing him from the squad for Saturday’s game.

Hegazi, however, insists he had not been asked to take part in the drill and was surprised by his non-involvement against the London side, who left The Hawthorns with a point after Henrik Dalsgaard’s 43rd-minute header was cancelled out by a similar goal from Darnell Furlong in first-half stoppage time.

The incident was the culmination of several weeks of mounting frustrations for Hegazi at his continued absence from the starting XI.

Most Albion supporters and, it seems, Hegazi himself, had expected him to return to the team once he was fully fit after summer ankle surgery left him unavailable for selection until October. Bilic, however, has opted to keep faith with Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley, whose partnership in central defence has helped Albion claim top spot in the Championship at Christmas.

The disagreement dates back to the end of last season, when Hegazi chose to delay surgery in order to represent Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations, which his country hosted. Having the operation at the start of the summer would have given Hegazi a chance to be fit for the start of the season, reducing the risk of losing his starting place. Hegazi insisted, however, that having played through the pain for Albion in the Championship play-off semi-final against Aston Villa, it was reasonable to do likewise to take part in a major international tournament on home soil.

He cancelled holiday plans to have surgery and begin his rehabilitation immediately after Egypt’s elimination at the hands of South Africa in the last-16 on July 6. His rehabilitation gave summer signing Ajayi and Bartley the chance to cement their places in the team, leaving Hegazi as an increasingly frustrated onlooker.

Hegazi’s omission on Saturday coincided with an ankle injury that forced Bartley off the field early in the second half. That meant Dara O’Shea, the 20-year-old Irishman who graduated from Albion’s academy, made his Championship debut, having replaced Hegazi among the substitutes.

O’Shea is likely to travel to Oakwell on Boxing Day but, with Hegazi having served his unofficial suspension, Bilic could opt for his extra experience from the start if Bartley fails to shake off his injury in time to partner Ajayi.

That would add another dynamic to Al-Ittihad’s likely pursuit of Hegazi next month. The Saudi club who, coincidentally, were managed briefly by Bilic, have signalled their interest and are likely to be encouraged by news of Friday’s incident. The Athletic understands that no formal bid has yet been lodged but Al-Ittihad have made clear their interest and value Hegazi at around £3.5 million.

Given Hegazi’s recent absence from the team, a parting of the ways might suit both parties but it would take a significantly higher bid to give Albion a dilemma, given that Hegazi’s departure would leave them requiring a replacement in the January transfer window.

They would not be prepared to go into the second half of the season with just Bartley, Ajayi and O’Shea as centre-back options.

Nathan Ferguson and Darnell Furlong both have experience of playing at centre-back but both are viewed as full-backs by Bilic, and Ferguson’s own future is uncertain after his representatives put talks over a five-year contract offer from Albion on hold.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rayhaan Tulloch
« on: December 10, 2019, 11:15:00 AM »
Stoke City are being linked with a move for young West Brom forward Rayhaan Tulloch, according to reports. The Potters are one of a number of Championship clubs thought to be keeping track of the 18-year-old, according to the Daily Mail .

Fellow Championship duo Wigan Athletic and Leeds United are reportedly tracking the youngster’s progress at The Hawthorns, as are League One outfit Sunderand, as Albion consider letting the youngster leave on loan.

Tulloch is also attracting Premier League interest, with Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Southampton and Newcastle United all said to be in attendance for West Brom’s Under-23s clash against Manchester United this evening at Leigh Sports Village.

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything Stoke
« on: October 04, 2019, 09:09:09 AM »
I would be mightily surprised if Peter Coats appointed either Pulis or Pardew, personally

Peter Coates is a huge personal friend of Pulis

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:46:56 PM »
Hegazi is apparently being announced by ahli In the next few hours.

I can't see it - I think there is a possibility he'll leave, but not to a Middle East club. It will be to a half decent team, in a half decent league.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: June 24, 2019, 01:28:01 PM »
If the clubs that are linked with him, are actually interested - there is no way he will be here next season

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 21, 2019, 05:35:16 PM »
I'm disappointed at Daniel Stendel from Barnsley isn't in the frame.  He's done a great job getting them promoted after rebuilding the team after relegation despite losing his main striker at the start of the season and then Kieffer Moore being ruled out from mid-season through concussion.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: May 06, 2019, 05:21:59 PM »
The queue now appears to have been paused  ???

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Bakary Sako Signs: Official
« on: January 25, 2019, 03:56:35 PM »
By my reckoning, he has been on our books for 16 weeks. At a reported £30,000 a week it looks like its cost us getting on for £500,000 for absolutely minimal return on the pitch.

Some of these 'cheap', penny pinching options are a complete waste of money.

I've just read that he played 160 minutes of competitive football - That's a 90 minute equivalent of £280,000 per game.  ???

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Bakary Sako Signs: Official
« on: January 25, 2019, 02:44:06 PM »
By my reckoning, he has been on our books for 16 weeks. At a reported £30,000 a week it looks like its cost us getting on for £500,000 for absolutely minimal return on the pitch.

Some of these 'cheap', penny pinching options are a complete waste of money.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Harvey Barnes (on loan from Leicester)
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:01:58 AM »
Sadly, its no surprise to me; Leicester did the same thing with Barnsley last season. He carried them somewhat until mid-season and his departure was the start of their demise to getting relegated. His departure shouldn't have such a pronounced effect on us, but we still need a quality replacement in as soon as possible to continue the promotion push.

Barnes sometimes doesn't do enough over the whole 90 mins, but he is one of a small number of players that can create something from nothing and ultimately score match winning goals and its this quality that will impact us most and is really difficult to replace as everybody is looking for the same qualities.

If Sako had been given more time around the first team, he would be the obvious answer. However his lack of minutes and minimal impact he's made when he's played suggests this is not the solution.

Similarly, Harper could be an option in the current Matt Phillips role, allowing Phillips to play further forward. However, I don't think the coaching team will put their faith in him when there is so much at stake this season.

Hopefully our esteemed technical director has some aces up his sleeve and Jenkins gets the cheque book out. Sadly I fear neither will happen.

General Football & Sports / Re: Graeme Jones - Assistant Head Coach
« on: January 10, 2019, 02:12:58 PM »
Alan Nixon has commented on Twitter that Jones won't leave us for a league one job

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: November 05, 2018, 04:19:26 PM »
Fitness permitting...

I 100% agree with this

West Bromwich Albion FC / Neil Cutler leaves
« on: November 02, 2018, 04:12:40 PM »
Neil Cutler has left to join the Seals and be reunited with Dean Smith.  Academy GK Coach, Mark Naylor, will train the first team GK's in the interim until a replacement is found

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: October 04, 2018, 08:29:31 AM »
I'd prefer to see Brunt out wide, but in our current system the wingbacks have to get up and down the pitch a lot and cover a lot of ground.  I'm not sure Brunt still still has the legs to do this for a prolonged period.

General Football & Sports / Re: Foreign Leagues
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:30:07 PM »
Have done a fair few.... sometimes the football isn't great, but it pretty much always a great atmosphere;

Union Berlin v Duisburg
Anderlecht - Ajax
Several FC Utrecht games
Milan vs Juve
NAC Breda vs Groningen
NEC Nijmegan - Den Haag
Ajax vs Feyenoord
PSV - Feyenoord

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: June 07, 2018, 11:59:39 AM »
Apparently they still owe us £2m for Chester  :o

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:32:15 AM »
Nixon said Lee Johnson last week , I've also read someone quoting Dean Smith's wife that they have no intention of moving from London.
Time will tell I suppose.

I'm pretty sure that Dean Smith lives in Streetly; His family didn't want to move when he left Walsall

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: WBA - Nacer Chadli
« on: April 20, 2018, 12:29:34 PM »
I can't see anybody wanting to pay £17m for him after his injuries and mediocre performances during his stint with us.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New technical director - Nick Hammond
« on: April 03, 2018, 05:00:58 PM »
I suspect he'll be gone in the summer as part of Jenkins' review and wont have any input into the new manager.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Nacer Chadli joins Albion
« on: April 03, 2018, 04:57:57 PM »
Apparently fit to train this week and is in contention for the squad for the Swansea game.

Something smells a bit fishy to me.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: January 23, 2018, 05:30:56 PM »
I'm under the impression that if Evans doesn't get sold in the next week, Livermore or Yacob could try and be moved on to free up wages for a striker / attacking midfielder

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Jonny Evans joins Leicester
« on: August 31, 2017, 10:25:09 AM »
You do realise Burke, Barry, Rodriguez, Krychowiak, and Gibbs were all someone else's leavings right? None of them were first choice in their respective teams.

True, but they were our choice - Not someone we offered and didn't want.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kieran Gibbs
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:24:05 PM »
West Brom have agreed a £7m fee with Arsenal for Kieran Gibbs. Medical likely to be later today #wba #afc

Tweeted by John Percy‏ from the Telegraph

General Football & Sports / Re: Saido Berahino
« on: January 20, 2017, 04:52:12 PM »
Are these points valids even if he moves abroad? does a tribunal fee still get awarded if he chooses to play overseas.

No, not valid if he moves aboard - We get 2 carrots and a packet of Cadbury's buttons

General Football & Sports / Re: Saido Berahino
« on: January 20, 2017, 04:44:33 PM »
Again my cynical side is coming out....

I wonder whether this is another ploy to help substantiate his tribunal fee if he leaves at the end of the season. Our new CEO used to be Stokes CFO until a few weeks ago, there is bound to still be strong links.  If Saido rejects a move to SCFC (as I fear he might in favour of trying to get a more prestigious club in the summer), it puts us in a stronger position to argue a high tribunal fee; i.e. He's been offered 3 increasingly high wage offers (the last we're led to believe is £60k per week).  We rejected several offers in excess of £20m 12 months ago and £15m offer with 6 months left to run on his contract. Hence this needs to be reflected in the tribunal fee.

I may (and hope to) be proved wrong, but I think there is an awful lot of smoke and mirrors going on by the club and Saido himself as they each posture a position which is best for themselves.

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