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I bet you're all so glad. Yep, my ticket updates are back. Wooooooohoooooooo!  ;D Go on admit it you've all been waiting for this moment.  ;)

Smethwick:         Sold Out
West Stand:        541
Brummie Road:    1,917
East Stand:          1,878

Remaining:   4,336

Over 19,000 sold in home areas so far. Game still a fair way off yet.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kieran Gibbs
« on: Yesterday at 09:42:39 AM »
Townsend is a decent full back but having watched Gibbs over the years there is not a chance Townsend will come to close to being as good as him

Saying Gibbs reputation is built on his name is ridiculous....how did he get to having a reputation without first being a decent player

Gibbs all day month for me

I didn't say he wasn't a decent player I said he's not the player he was. Players don't stay at the same level. What does generally stay the same or at least takes a lot to shift is people's opinions, once they've made them they tend to stick to them. That I believe is what's happening with Gibbs, his performances have not matched fans perception s of him.

You said yourself "having watched Gibbs over the years". Your perception of Gibbs isn't based on recent performances but your overall perception of him.

Just my opinion of course and I knew when I shared it it would be a minority one but that won't deter me, minority views are by no means always wrong.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kieran Gibbs
« on: July 20, 2019, 09:26:12 PM »
Have you spent a bit too long in the Sportsman before games?  :P

Gibbs isn't the best defensively, but has obvious quality on the ball and going forward. He's perfect for a team that should be more concerned with attacking than being attacked. If we can keep him this summer, I think that's great.

Townsend meanwhile is a bang average Championship player. He tries hard, but he's limited. If he was our left back in the Premier League we'd concede loads from that side.

Totally disagree. Gibbs' reputation is build on his name and his so called pedigree. If you ignore that and analyse his performances you'll find he's not really that great.

Just to pick you up on a point - let's just concentrate on one opponent - Aston Villa. League game at home, Gibbs at fault for both of their goals, both coming down his side. Especially the first one, I was right behind that and Gibbs reacted way too slow. Then against them in the play off's dives in against Grealish which gave them the penalty that ultimately cost us the tie. That's just one team.

Townsend is "bang average" is a view based on he's come from a lower league team and doesn't have the reputation that Gibbs has. If you ignore all that and you were beamed from space and asked to judge on the better player you'd choose Townsend.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Allan Nyom
« on: July 20, 2019, 09:16:42 PM »
Only just woken up to this. He is going to Getafe. They are in the Europa League they finished 5th in La Liga last season and they want Allan Nyom? They are going to pay money for Allan Nyom? Are there two of them and somehow Getafe think they are buying the good one and have just bought the wrong one by mistake?

Of the glittering array of talent to leave us in recent years this year Nyom will be the only one playing in European competition. Eat your heart out Johnny Evans cry in your beer Nacer Chadli choke on your chow mein Solomon Rondon. Or rather stop counting your money and behold the true footballing giant that is Allan Nyom.

Well I'll go to the top of our stairs.

It's certainly hard to believe. I can't get my head round it.

It's a weird world we live in.

Following on from my previous post, I'm more pleased tonight following the team selection at Scunthorpe. Not being able to find a stream I'm not certain of the exact formation but it seems it was either 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.

At the back, there was no place for Nyom. No bad thing. It's uncertain why but to be frank who cares? He's not good enough anyway. Nathan Ferguson picked ahead of Kane Wilson suggests that Wilson really doesn't figure in Bilic's plans after being largely ignored in Benidorm as well.Townsend started at left back with Gibbs being injured, again no bad thing for me and O'Shea once again partnered Bartley. At this stage it does seem like O'Shea is in Bilic's plans. He was the only outfield player not subbed last week and again he was given the most game time today. A clean sheet and from what I can make out, rarely really threatened.

I'll treat the midfield as a three for now. Glad to see Field making a start. He and Krovinovic looked decent in Benidorm and I'm glad they were picked today. Livermore as usual get's his place in the team. Not ideal for me. Hopefully Slaven sees the positives here. Field needs to be starting games this season and we need to retain three in the middle, even if one is played in a slightly more forward role.

Front three. Phillips was played up front in Benidorm and again in more of a forward role than the CM position he filled last season. This tells me that Slaven wants to play him further forwards. Good to see Edwards on the left hand side. Burke played through the middle. I'm not convinced this is his best position I can see him being better to the side of a target man (Zahore).

Overall, a positive day. It would be nice to think that Slaven has learned lessons pretty quickly but one swallow doesn't make a summer. I'm feeling a bit more hopeful now though.

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 20th July 2019 - Scunthorpe United (A)
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:51:56 PM »
Hopefully it's because there are no other choices as i'd like to see him in midfield

We could've put Fitzwater at the back.

Finished 4-0.

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 20th July 2019 - Scunthorpe United (A)
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:40:50 PM »
4-0 Robson Kanu

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 20th July 2019 - Scunthorpe United (A)
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:39:44 PM »
No stream so impossible to know too much. I think Semi is partnering O'Shea at the back.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kieran Gibbs
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:33:20 PM »
Very surprised at this. Gibbs streets ahead of Townsend imo.

I know a lot of fans think Gibbs is a Rolls Royce. I don't agree, he's proved too costly for the most part last season. Townsend has improved all the time since he's been at the club. Made the first goal today as well. Also made the forth.

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 20th July 2019 - Scunthorpe United (A)
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:19:19 PM »
Six subs at the hour mark. The new boys enter the field.

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 20th July 2019 - Scunthorpe United (A)
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:09:01 PM »
2-0 now Krovinovic

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 20th July 2019 - Scunthorpe United (A)
« on: July 20, 2019, 04:07:39 PM »
Any streams anywhere?

Don't think so everyone's been asking everywhere.

We've just taken the lead btw Matt Phillips.

Pre-Season Friendlies / Re: 20th July 2019 - Scunthorpe United (A)
« on: July 20, 2019, 02:27:06 PM »
Interesting Ferguson being preferred at right back to Wilson. I can see Wilson being moved on. Never thought he was good enough.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kieran Gibbs
« on: July 20, 2019, 02:15:46 PM »
Not in the squad today...  ???

Does this mean he is on the way? Would be a big loss.

I don't think it would, I think Townsend is better now. Gibbs regressing for me, he's either giving penalties away or not closing crosses down. I'd be making Townsend first choice left back regardless of whether or not Gibbs stays.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore joins WBA
« on: July 20, 2019, 10:57:17 AM »
My bold prediction on this one. Zohore will get twenty goals for us next season, injuries permitting.

Looking at the type of striker he is, I can see why it hasn't worked for him in the Premier League yet. A lot of his goals come off the back of poor individual defending which you don't get so much in the Premier League especially when you're playing for a team like Cardiff.

At Championship level, playing for Albion I'd back Zohore to get twenty goals. He's got pace about him and power but unlike Oli Burke for instance, Zohore seems to know how to utilise those assets. He is composed in front of goal, can finish off either foot and anywhere around the penalty area he is dangerous on his left foot he has a serious weapon there. He also gets on the end of crosses and scores those six yard box goals which someone like JRod didn't do nearly enough of. Gayle did.

As Bilic said Zahore seems to have a bit of everything and I can definitely see him being a big hit at the Hawthorns, this can be a very good signing.

Looking at his interview he seems very laid back but gives me the impression he one of those players that needs an arm round him and a head coach to believe in him. Bilic should be more much of a fit for someone ike Zahore than someone like Warnock was.

Mark my words - we needed a 20 goal striker -we've signed one.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: July 19, 2019, 05:58:26 PM »
I do think you could play Livermore as a cb quite comfortably.

My view. Taxi out. Offers very little for me, certainly nowhere near enough. I just don't see what anyone sees in him, I really don't and I have tried to look at him objectively. Don't rate him or Harper. Harper being young I can give the benefit of the doubt, just but he shouldn't be a starter. Livermore, just no.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: July 19, 2019, 05:52:16 PM »
Why would he make a statement like that though?
Just makes himself look a tit

Just follow every Matt Wilson tweet. If you have the time look back at previous ones you'll see what I mean.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: July 19, 2019, 05:41:32 PM »
Matt Wilson Twitter Account

Ahmed Hegazi could miss first few games of the season to receive treatment for an ongoing foot injury. Decision to be made next week. Also possible he will continue to play and fix it a later date

May not be as bad as first reported

Lepko being the childish bitter t**t he's become since he no longer has privileged info at the Albion.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore joins WBA
« on: July 19, 2019, 05:20:32 PM »
If I here this "whats the frequency" thing once more I'm going to hunt someone down and subject them to a horrible death.  8)


(FAO police, I won't really kill anyone  ;))

I think it's a case of him picking the formation to suit the personnel we have at present. We don't have a proper right back and only 2 fit CH's! The starting 11 needs another 4/5 new faces or it will be a tough season. The squad at present is very poor. Slav will only have needed to watch the 2 play off games to see where our weaknesses are.

I can accept your point to a degree but why 4-4-2 in Benidorm with Livermore and Harper CM?

He could've played 4-3-3 with Burke and Edwards wide of Robson-Kanu with Brunt, Sam and Filip in CM.

Ok, getting ready to get absolutely pelted here but I'm having early concerns about Slaven already.

It's pre-season, I understand that and all the rest of it but the trigger was the comment that he wants to play two up top. That to me sets alarm bells ringing already. I didn't expect this from Slaven or any foreign coach. If he wants to play two up top then 3-5-2 is pretty much the only option. 4-4-2 at least a flat version will leave us compromised and will NOT work over the course of the season.

Potential signings mostly seem to be revolving around athleticism but compromising on quality on the ball Krovinovic excepted. We need a mix.

The team selection in Benidorm was woeful first half. Two in CM Harper and Livermore was shocking, nothing there at all. As for Leko, I'm not even going to mention him any further. This makes me wonder if that is in Slav's head  his first choice midfield. If it is then god help us. Second half he went with three Krovinovic, Brunt, Field and we looked better which is encouraging but it was after the match he made the two up top comments. Really worrying.

I will be watching like a hawk what he does at Scunthorpe tomorrow.

I accept, it's far too early to make a proper judgement just yet, hence the "early" concerns.

Go on pelt me!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore joins WBA
« on: July 19, 2019, 12:44:38 PM »
Welcome Ken. Go get 'em son.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Squad
« on: July 18, 2019, 01:00:51 PM »
We have 16 players and have moved on, sent back or released 15 , bought in one loan. Considering the number of games and the physicality of the championship that would be three players a week to get a squad of 25. A small squad will mean we surrender any cup comps.
How many more players do we need to be competitive?

It depends on who you class as squad members. I class someone who has made a first team league appearance as a squad member unless stated otherwise, (goalkeeper excluded from that criteria) If that's the case we have 18:

1 Johnstone
2 Bond
3 Nyom
4 Bartley
5 Hegazi
6 Gibbs
7 Townsend
8 Field
9 Brunt
10 Livermore
11 Harper
12 Krovinovic
13 Phillips
14 Edwards
15 Burke
16 Rondon (sale pending)
17 Robson - Kanu
18 Leko

I think O'Shea may well become part of that squad, that would give us 19. We need at least another three, preferably six. Of course Rondon leaving needs us requiring another.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore
« on: July 17, 2019, 03:17:58 PM »
I think you need a reality check and realise that this is the market we are shopping in now- we paid 16 million for Rondon and there are plenty of our fans who think he is awful - so not sure what you think 8 million is going to get us.

We have gone foe a manager who pretty much has universal fan approval and its fair to assume he has had a say in this purchase so starting off with all the negative stuff before the guy has put on the shirt is quite frankly idiotic.


We could at least inquire. He's sort of Eastern European like Slaven, well, almost and he's Croatian, well almost.

Go get him Albion.  ;D

Sold out now. I took either the last one or the penultimate one.

Never really considered going just had a couple of brandys (I work nights) and thought what the hell and just clicked!

If we kick off with the same team as we did in Benidorm I might just run on the pitch stark naked holding a "sack the board" banner.  ;)

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