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James Morrison | Midfielder

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 165

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James Morrison scored twice for West Bromwich Albion but the Baggies fell short in their comeback attempt in a 2-3 loss to Chelsea.
It was nearly a hat trick on the day for Morrison, who stepped up early when the match was still goalless for a penalty chance, but he had his attempt denied by Thibault Courtois. Chelsea would then score twice to take a commanding advantage by the half-hour mark, but the Baggies were not done. Morrison was set up beautifully by Salomon Rondon, who sent a bicycle-style cross that the Scottish international slotted home. Then, in the second half, a Callum McManaman cross was sent toward Morrison in the area, and with his back to goal, flicked on a blind header perfectly into the top corner of goal. While they came up short in their bid to get a result, there is still some positive takeaways for West Brom. Rondon looks to be an aerial menace and general threat up top, and Morrison is clearly in form right now. This may help ease the burden of the possible loss of Saido Berahino, who was left out of today's squad in a potential sign of his departure. Aug 23 - 10:52 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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James Morrison scored the opener and the third and was joined by Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon as West Brom cruised to a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday in pre-season action.

The only downside for Albion on the afternoon was the fact that Gareth McAuley went off before the half with an injury. With Jonas Olsson and Craig Dawson not dressed, Tony Pulis had to go deep into his pool of reserves to bring on Liam O'Neil in the 42nd minute. For a club that is likely to predicate everything it does on the stoutness of it's defense, even a mild pre-season worry about the central defense is something to worry about.
Jul 25 - 12:39 PM

James Morrison scored two minutes into West Brom's Week 33 match-up with Crystal Palace and the Baggies didn't look back as they won 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

No one saw this coming. Crystal Palace had been red hot for weeks while West Brom had been struggling mightily for the past three weeks. Throw in that Palace were at home and it looked like an easy home win. James Morrison flipped the script within two minutes as he scored from a Chris Brunt corner. Morrison was entirely unmarked in the middle of the penalty area. Craig Gardner sealed the victory in the 53rd minute with a blast from 25 plus yards out and West Brom soaked up Palace's huge possession advantage for the 2-0 win.
Apr 18 - 12:16 PM

James Morrison has picked up a hamstring issue that may force him to miss the Baggies' Week 27 match against Southampton.

The midfielder has been going from injury issue to injury issue with an early February knee complaint now giving way to a late February hamstring issue. Not exactly the way to endear yourself to a new manager. Least of all a manager like Tony Pulis who is all about physically robust players. The problem is compounded for Morrison by the presence of Darren Fletcher with whom he is competing for playing time. Definitely someone to avoid this week and whose longer term future as a starter is in question.
Feb 27 - 12:20 PM

James Morrison has a knee complaint that could keep him out of West Brom's Sunday trip to Burnley.

Tony Pulis has a new midfield option in the form of Darren Fletcher so he is unlikely to risk Morrison unless he is 100% fit. Once Morrison is ready to go, he likely faces serious competition for his starting place as Fletcher certainly has a bigger pedigree than Morrison. Fantasy managers owning Morrison in single-ownership formats will be wise to monitor the situation as it evolves starting with Week 24.
Feb 6 - 12:28 PM

James Morrison looks set to return to action against Hull City in Week 15 Premier League action.

With Chris Brunt out with a hamstring injury, it seems likely that Morrison will jump right back into the starting line-up for Alan Irvine. Hull City certainly haven't been great so Morrison is probably a solid candidate to start in deeper formats. In salary cap leagues, he is probably less interesting unless is price is extremely low.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 12:00:00 PM

West Brom midfielder James Morrison is doubtful for the early Saturday clash with Arsenal at the Hawthorns.

Unless you are in a league that allows you to wait until the last minute to make changes then the uncertainty should keep you away from Morrison for Week 13. The match-up probably means that he isn't a great pick regardless.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:24:00 PM

A header by James Morrison in the 74th minute was the lone goal of the day as the Baggies earn three needed points on the road, defeating a struggling Spurs side 0-1.

Entering play, West Brom looked like one of the three early relegation candidates, having gone without a goal since opening day, but they took advantage Spurs lack of energy and attacking ideas to nick a goal in the latter stages of the match and grab a deserved win. The winner came from a Chris Brunt corner which Morrison headed home easily, completely unmarked. Some credit also needs to go to Joleon Lescott, who's presence in defense has perhaps given West Brom a vital piece to stay afloat in the league this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 10:31:00 AM

James Morrison faces a late fitness check in his bid to participate in West Brom's Saturday match against Spurs.

Pepe Mel indicated that Morrison would start against Spurs if he were passed fit. If Morrison is not able to go then Pepe Mel was fairly direct in saying that Chris Brunt would be his choice to deputize. Neither are particularly interesting choices this weekend no matter the certainty given the opposition and that they have only one match.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 07:39:00 PM

James Morrison assisted two of West Bromwich Albion's three goals today, but it was not enough to secure any points for the Baggies in a frustrating 4-3 loss to Aston Villa.

The wheels came off for Pepe Mel's side today after an early two goal advantage but Morrison was able to have a nice fantasy day, providing the two assists. With the 0-2 lead, their defense completely shut off for stretches as they conceded twice quickly. Then the currently under investigation striker Nicolas Anelka had to exit with an injury. Defender Diego Lugano was close to being sent off, first committing the foul in the box that led to the final goal, then continuing to commit hard challenges for the final half hour. West Brom remain stuck on 22 points, just three above the relegation zone as they get set to host Suarez and company this weekend.
Wed, Jan 29, 2014 05:16:00 PM

West Brom midfielder James Morrison is a major doubt heading into Albion's next Premier League match against Fulham due to a groin injury.

The same injury suffered in the Baggies match against Swansea also left Morrison out of the Scotland national team during the international break. West Brom are still looking for their first goal of the season and Morrison is one of their more threatening players. While the additions of Sessegnon and Amalfitano should create more chances, this makes investment in a Fulham defender this weekend a viable option.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 10:37:00 AM