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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Semi Ajayi joins WBA
« on: July 20, 2019, 12:34:51 PM »
Very encouraged by the business to rebuild so far. A lot of clubs, not that much better off than us, are spending eye-watering sums of money (they probably haven't got) on bang average footballers, and are now at risk of very serious financial problems if they don't work out. We need to be sensible about where we are in the pecking order....and its spot on for me so far. Well done to all concerned.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:29:55 AM »
Surely its as much to do with the quality of the supplies to the strikers? That's where we should be concentrating our efforts more IMO. Our attacking approach since the disaster that was Pulis has been largely slow and poor (with the exception of Barnes).

This lad could well be OK given the right sort of chances...surely?

That's how I feel - the proof is in the pudding eh.....?

Quite so. We need a complete rebuild in the midfield, with an attack-minded 'no.10' as a priority. Not to mention full backs and strikers!!. I hope the board have backed Bilic with the funds.

Acquiring the services of Gayle again is a no brainer for me. Bilic has a very poor squad to deal with at the moment, the worst I've known for a long time. Doubt very much we'd have got remotely close to the play-offs without Gayle and Barnes.

I hope the charisma and contacts of Bilic can attract more loan players of the same calibre, otherwise its going to be tough.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: System tactics personnel
« on: June 13, 2019, 03:43:46 PM »
I thought it would be worth revisiting this now we have a new Head Coach. Bilic has regularly played a 4231 throughout his career so here is what we currently have left fitting into this system:






I have included those out on loan like Rondon and Nyom. A cursory look at the squad list above shows that we are short of numbers in the central midfield areas. Obviously there are the likely departures of Rondon, Harper and others. Let's say the following players leave: Nyom, Harper, Rondon and Rodriguez (that may be conservative), our best XI would look like this:






Looking at that we would need a starting right back, an upgrade in the defensive midfield department or certainly more options, a central attacking midfielder and a starting striker.

Dear God! I was elated earlier....now I'm depressed again. :o

Great. Lets hope he can instil a lot more urgency about the place and kick a few butts. Been far too much 'old-pals' stuff going on recently.
Looking forward to not being bored senseless by backwards and sideways football!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:13:17 AM »

The Perce has spoken! Whoever said Bilic was at the training ground yesterday was correct.

Sounds promising. Hopefully, he'll be given funds to recruit young attack-minded midfielders with fire in their bellies....what we've been lacking for three years or more IMO.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 23, 2019, 10:26:39 AM »
What's the betting that we wont know who the manager is until a week before the season starts. :o

Ha Ha Yes! When it will be confirmed as Shan! ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 20, 2019, 06:59:31 PM »
All very under whelming and uninspiring. Very worried about the next 3 to 4 seasons.... :'(

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:20:58 PM »
Idiot. Season over. :(

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:18:52 PM »
Why is our midfield so deep?

Our complete lack of a meaningful midfield has been our biggest problem for three years...now the chickens have come home to roost.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:15:59 PM »
Why is our midfield so deep?

Do we actually have a midfield?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: May 05, 2019, 02:27:48 PM »
I actually think Derby will go on to win the play-offs....anyone else agree?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: April 11, 2019, 06:09:41 PM »
I honestly doubt any appointment will be made until we know exactly what league we'll be in next season.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 13, 2019, 03:47:46 PM »
Anyone holding their breath for an announcement prior to the game later?.....Me neither!!  :D

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: March 13, 2019, 02:27:10 PM »
The way things are going that would be fantastic crowd for a grim Wednesday night in a couple of years time!! ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 11, 2019, 03:45:38 PM »
All a bit quiet. Any more rumours anyone?

I do hope there aren't any re: Big Sam, Hughes or Moyes (or similar)..... >:(

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:48:17 PM »
Okay. Wilson has just put out an article about Appleton so let me get this across.

The new manager should have NO prior association with the club. So that's a thanks but no thanks to McInnes, Shakespeare, Appleton. We need a clean break.

Jokanovic or bust.

Might be bust....could be too much of a poisoned chalice for Jokanovic and his career ambitions. We have no money (it seems) and an ageing squad.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: What do you want changed?
« on: March 11, 2019, 02:20:21 PM »
Bond as first choice keeper.

Give more of an increasing role (sensibly) to Morgan Rogers, Kyle Edwards and Rayhaan Tulloch.

Encourage wingers/wing-backs to get to the bye-line whenever possible before crossing....aimless punts into the penalty area from oblique angles are food and drink for opposition defenders.

Drop Livermore.

Encourage midfield players to instantly move forwards with the ball at pace the moment they receive it.

OK, so all a bit risk-taking maybe...but I'm thinking long-term, and about how I grew up watching us play  (early 70's onwards).

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Harvey Barnes (recalled to Leicester)
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:04:47 PM »
Some players get better and better in their absence.  However, the more i see other players the more sure I am  that this kid was and is the real deal.  Seeing him not only out pace, but also out muscle Hutton at the Hawthorns before leaving him for dead was my moment of the season.   An ability to carry the ball for a distance at pace, an eye for a forward pass, and a goalscorer to boot.   Possibly went back to the PL early, but by all accounts after a patchy start he has really started to look the part for Leicester and now has a manager who can really develop him.  Anybody still thinking he might play for us again, more likely the next team he might play for other than Leicester will be England if he can improve his overall game.   

Yep...and I honestly think he'll be persuaded to leave his beloved Leicester by Man Utd or similar. Fantastic player.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 11, 2019, 11:03:14 AM »
At the end of the season we will lose 6 the loanees.
Hoolahan and Mears hopefully through the door.
Barry to retire (maybe)
Brunty and Mozza could go
J Rod/Dawson/Hegazi/Gibbs will want away if we don't get promoted and maybe even if we do.
Harper not yet signed a new deal.
That's potentially 16 players.
No way on earth will we replace those with any sort of quality that would allow us to be remotely competetive in the Championship let alone the Premier League.
The man who comes in will need to be good enough to get money from the board and generate money from player sales.
He will need to be strong enough and good enough to dictate to the board what he will need to do the job required and to get them to provide the tools for the job.

Completely agree. We've been sleep-walking into this situation for two/three seasons now...but will Mr Lai understand any of this?

A very very tough job for somebody.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:47:42 AM »
I hope whoever we appoint will have the balls to face up to the board and spell out in no uncertain terms that this club needs a complete re-build whether we go up or not. This ownership needs to hear some harsh truths unless they want to spend the next decade outside the premiership....like so many other clubs with our heritage and tradition.

There's a lot of arrogance around our club at present....and we ain't very good lads.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: March 10, 2019, 02:53:37 PM »
To me it makes no difference who is manager , the players are just not good enough.

How a manager can turn the players performance against Ipswich into promotion hopefuls is something no manager can do.

The sacking of Darren Moore could also have a detrimental effect on the team. If the players think he was dealt with too harshly they could just go on to the pitch not put the effort in and just look to leave at the end of the season.

Promotion this season is still far away for us with these players.  The only good thing about getting a new manager in now is that he can see what players he wants to keep next season and then start rebuilding his team for next season when we could give this league a good go.

Spot on. The Pulis legacy just goes on and on. Fed up to the back teeth of reading how we have the best squad....no we don't, they're all bang average at best. And our midfield is the slowest I've ever seen. We're only where we are in the league now because of Harvey Barnes.

Whoever the next manager is will be in for a very tough time if anyone seriously expects promotion with this squad. I think we need to be realistic and re-build from a new base,,,,it could take a few seasons though.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: March 09, 2019, 05:40:22 PM »
Our biggest problem for the last two or three years has been the bloody awful midfield, and its never been properly addressed....other than the brief introduction of Harvey Barnes which proved to anyone that knows about football exactly what we've been missing.

Wake up Mr Lai, the board. etc etc and smell the coffee....we need a complete clear out and change of personnel in the middle of the pitch, players with skill and pace and instinctively on the front foot.....for Christ sake.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: March 09, 2019, 04:51:55 PM »
Bomber just said its the worst he's seen all season. >:(

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