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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Diego lugano
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:02:33 AM »
I have mixed feelings really. He was poor from what I saw in the confederations cup this summer and he has struggled the last 2 years at PSG and Malaga. I know PSG fans are glad to see the back of him from what I have read on twitter. His age is also arguably a concern.

He is only adding competition though to a centre half pairing that should be good enough for another season in Macauley and Olsson. I would have rather we signed a genuine improvement/replacement for Olsson/Macauley, but it seems we are going through a strange faze at the moment where we are being maybe a little bit too reluctant to spend money but hopefully Lugano will see us through this season. I suppose you could argue our main priority areas this summer are up front and out wide.

I know where you are coming from with this signing and I keep flitting between excited at it and indifferent.

Most of the points can be countered though such as in the confed cup it was an average of 45 degrees and all players were struggling with the conditions so it made him look a little leggy, PSG came into millions and basically signed world class young talent so its lack of games more than poor form and regarding age he is 2 years younger than GMac - Like I said I am not entirely sure I disagree with what you are saying but the counter points are reasonable.

Someone pointed out Ibanez earlier too... I was a big fan of that signing because I had seen him play for Spain and that and hoped he could get back to his best, but he didnt, but you cannot compare to Lugano really. Ibanez had 23 caps and hadnt played for the national team for I think it was 3 years when we signed him, Lugano has 85 caps and is a current international and also their captain so he obviously has more about him.

Time will tell, I think he is more than likely an improvement on what we have though so should support this as a good bit of business

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matej Vydra signs on loan
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:07:38 AM »
Against championship defences!We all thought a few years ago LLoyd Dyer would be able to scare defences witless when we got promoted with his pace but he fizzled out at top level like a soggy catherine wheel,still able to do it at champioship level though.

Pace has very little to do with ability Prem defenders are not neccessarily quicker than Champ defenders - Center Backs are never the quickest so you can take away their extra defensive ability from champ to prem to a degree if you can out pace them, although positional should be better by a prem defender.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Matej Vydra signs on loan
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:05:28 AM »
Something I noticed from that video is he has far more pace than i thought - Electric with bursts through the middle

General Football & Sports / Re: Scott Sinclair
« on: July 25, 2013, 10:56:58 AM »
Reported in the Manchester Evening News that we are after him on Loan.

More inclined to listen to a report from a local paper to one of the clubs involved than the Sun and so on

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Peter Odemwingie Joins Cardiff City
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:42:07 PM »
I expect he will leave... in the Birmingham Mail there was a very significant line in a recent report about it - Peter Odemwingie and Steve Clarke are both eager for a parting of ways - or something to that effect.

If the Head Coach wants him gone than he will be gone because he only got on the bench the 2nd half of the season because we were low on numbers, Clarke will look to have enough without him at all next season

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The form of Olsson and Ridgewell
« on: May 24, 2013, 12:56:56 PM »
With Olsson is it simply burn out... he is near enough the only one of our squad who has not had a break since pre season 2 years ago... last year he was at the World Cup with Sweden and was flying back home for his child's birth then back to the world cup.

He had a fraction of the time off that everyone else had and he is probably feeling run down. A sequence of bad performances when the pressure wasnt really on and not feeling at his best. Thats all it is, he will be back to the good old consistent center half we know he is next season

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Should I be worried?
« on: May 16, 2013, 11:59:12 AM »
How about staying in the Premier League!!

I think that has been the problem this year.

Our only goal every year has rightly been to avoid relegation and that mentality has been driven into the players hard as it should have been. At the start of this season we were expected to be in a dog fight with a new inexperienced manager at the helm but ultimately have enough about us to stay up.

Because that has been the mindset I think as soon as we were safe there has been a sub conscious shift in the mentality which saw us stop breaking our necks to close people down and so on.

Next season has to be approached with a different mentality and a higher goal that has to be drilled into the players so keep them motivated to chasing a continuous goal all season - so it has to be challenge for a European place! that doesnt mean its a failed season if we dont qualify but we have to be up there challenging. Even if this is above our level it is a goal that keeps the players on the ball as such all season.

This seasons dip I would say is a combination of mindset after meeting the main goal for the season, the negative effects of the Odemwingie saga, the injuries to the likes of Yacob and Mulumbu at AFCON ruining the momentum and then not being able to train as well in the winter months. There is also the question of the players we have outside the 1st team as some are not good enough to cover the 1st 11.

Next season i would hope we have the change in mentality / mindset, Odemwingie will be gone, the signings we make will possibly relegate some of our starters to bench berths increasing our strength in depth, and the training facilities have been dramatically improved to combat the bad weather.

The way I see it is still plenty to be very very positive about so over to Clarke, Garlic and Peace to get the right signings in :)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Peter Odemwingie
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:33:08 PM »
I think that letter reflects the thoughts of a few of us if not getting close to doing so. Such a shame that he will mainly be remembered for being such a bell end.

I did see on another site that he had seen the letter as he said on twitter he would write one back, not sure if its true as he blocked me in January.

Interestingly he has already replied but asked for it to remain private "for now" according to the writer of the original letter, but he does say his opinion of Peter has definitely been improved by the response.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gera to return
« on: May 26, 2011, 02:18:54 PM »
Would have him back in a heart beat - Still a better winger than anyone at the club with the exception of Brunt who is a different type of player.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth McAuley
« on: May 22, 2011, 03:53:58 PM »
Most of the permatch assessments done on sites like caughtoffside have Pablo listed as out with a hamstring issue so that would be my guess, although he cant be match fit either

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth McAuley
« on: May 22, 2011, 03:28:20 PM »
Now that we have a head coach who looks like he actually works on defence and he has had a year to settle in the country I wouldnt be suprised in the slightest if Pablo is Olssons main partner next year.

I saw a lot of him playing in La Liga and he is top draw - you dont get that many caps for Spain and generate massive interest from Real Madrid without being any good.

Think Meite will be off - although he has ended the season quite well he has also shown his concentration levels are a bit suspect.  Tamas played well next to Olsson but struggled with the others.

I think our Centre Halfs going into next season will be Olsson, Tamas, Pablo, Mccauly (sp?) and Dawson who will possibly go out on loan depending on pre season.

They are all good centre halfs and our improvement defensively since Hodgson came in just shows how little attention was being payed to the back line under Di Matteo and Mowbray.  We cant lose site of the fact that we could have the right players at the club who have not been coached correctly and have not been blended with eachother for all available perumtations of centre back pairings.

As shown at the start of the season Olsson and Tamas were an excellent partnership, then olsson got injured and we were all at sea and whoever came in looked like they had never played together before.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Peter Odemwingie
« on: May 20, 2011, 04:13:51 PM »
Good for us that he's getting a rest, but it does perhaps display that Pete has his moments, let's hope it all stays sweet with us.

The one games a friendly so no matter for them, but I think the other game is a must win for Nigeria.

Reading the article I dont think he was having a moment, I think he was right... Trying to force him to play with an injury in a meaningless friendly against Kenya, it shows that he is willing to do what he belives in and that he would rather rest an injury than aggrevate it in a pointless match that the coach was trying to bully him into playing.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Captain...
« on: March 05, 2011, 07:17:33 PM »
I think Hodgson has more important priorities to sort out.

I agree but with a big gap between games it might be something he looks at in this period, as he is with his backroom staff.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Captain...
« on: March 05, 2011, 06:11:58 PM »
I said at the begining of the season that if I thought he would play regularly Steven Reid should be captain... Should we give him the armband now he is playing a major role or is it to much of a risk to upset the balance?

I personally think the armband is bringing Brunts game down, and from the various artricles about the squad they all seem to look to Reid as the elder statesman and the person they all trust and go to for advice, so as long as it is handled properly I would do it.

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