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Gareth McAuley | Defensemen | #23

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/5/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 198

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Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson are both back in training and could be fit for the Week 27 match against Crystal Palace and the Hawthorns.
McAuley, Dawson and Jonny Evans have all been suffering from injuries that played havoc with the Albion defense. All three could be back with McAuley and Dawson the more likely. Tony Pulis is known to have a fondness for as many central defenders as he can fit into a formation so having his best back will be a big boost especially as Yannick Bolasie returns for the Eagles. Feb 26 - 4:16 PM

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West Brom have been plunged into a defensive crisis ahead of Wednesday nights’ FA Cup fourth round replay against Peterborough United at the London Road Stadium.

The League One outfit grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the original tie at the Hawthorns just as it seemed Tony Pulis’ men had done enough, taking the lead in the 84th minute. But parity was restored moments later and the sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Now the Baggies face a trip down South with up-to five defenders at risk of missing the game. Jonny Evans (hamstring) and Chris Brunt (calf) are definitely ruled out while Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson picked up problems at Newcastle on Saturday. That leaves the Premier League outfit with only three fit senior defenders at the club - James Chester, Cristian Gamboa and Sebastien Pocognoli – and Pulis may need to call upon some Albion youngsters for cover.
Feb 9 - 3:44 AM

Gareth McAuley will miss the visit of Arsenal after being red carded late in the Baggies' 2-0 loss to Manchester United in Week 12.

With McAuley out, the logical candidates to fill the gap in the center of defense are James Chester and Jonas Olsson. Chester arrived for a pretty penny over the summer and has barely seen the pitch since despite it being Tony Pulis' decision to buy him. Olsson has figured when healthy but that is never a sure thing minute-to-minute in recent years. The loss of McAuley means that West Brom will be taking a hit in terms of they physicality of their defense which might point to Chester as the selection. The opposite side of the argument is that Chester spoke out over the international break about his frustration at not playing and Pulis may not want to reward that sort of behavior.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 01:19:00 PM

Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson will both likely be missing for Tony Pulis as his Baggies travel to Selhurst Park to battle the manager's former club Crystal Palace.

As the health of the defense disintegrated on Monday, so too did the 2-0 lead that the Baggies enjoyed over Everton at halftime. Pulis will likely be forced to revert to his center back-heavy line-up featuring Jonny Evans, James Chester, and Craig Dawson with the potential of Chris Brunt dropping back and playing an outside back role. It is possible that Sebastien Pocognoli could come in but Tony Pulis has been very reluctant to use him in Premier League matches since taking over.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Gareth McAuley will be available for Week 2 after missing the Baggies' Week 1 loss at the hands of Manchester City.

It appeared that Tony Pulis went with a 3-5-2 in Week 1 with Chris Brunt and James McClean playing the wing back roles. Whether this was a makeshift line-up due to McAuley's absence or a change in strategy is something we'll find out now that McAuley is available again. Either way, the back line is dangerously thin with McAuley and Jonas Olsson the only two recognized defenders who didn't start last week. If Pulis goes back to the four center back alignment he favored for most of last season then Olsson is really his only reserve.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 11:29:00 AM

Gareth McAuley scored a consolation goal as West Brom lost to Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates on the final day of the season.

It didn't mean much to either side but only West Brom played like it. Arsenal, powered by returning stars Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, scored four in the first half to end the tie. McAuley scored a consolation goal to keep it from being too embarrassing in the end.
Sun, May 24, 2015 12:08:00 PM

Gareth McAuley took a star turn as West Brom notched their second consecutive clean sheet as they stifled Liverpool's attack in Week 34.

It's no wonder that Liverpool failed to score what with Gareth McAuley blocking 5 shots by himself. He also helped prevent some additional shots from happening in the first place as he intercepted four passes. Throw in the clean sheet points and there aren't many formats where he wasn't a stud in Week 34. With Manchester United struggling, it isn't insane to think that West Brom and McAuley are solid bets to score big again.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 06:51:00 PM

Gareth McAuley started his second straight match for West Brom in Week 16 and the Baggies recorded their second straight clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.

Craig Dawson appeared to be playing well and have supplanted veteran Gareth McAuley in the spine of Alan Irvine's starting line-up. Irvine appears to have done a 180 degree turn on that decision over the last two weeks and inserted McAuley back into the heart of the defense. The result has been two consecutive clean sheets and four points to show over the two matches. Whether this is a permanent change or just an extended break for Dawson remains to be seen. Regardless, it is good news for Albion that they have three quality center backs to choose from as the season wears on.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 03:25:00 PM

Alan Irvine could be counting the cost on his squad ahead of this weekend after Gareth McAuley became the latest Baggies player to pick up an injury while on international duty.

McAuley [unspecified knock] opened the goal scoring against the Faroe Islands on Saturday but was replaced early in the second half and will be assessed before Tuesdays’ qualifier with Greece. The West Brom defender joins Chris Brunt who was ruled out of the Euro double header because of a groin problem in training with the player facing a race to be ready for the visit of Manchester United in game week eight. However there was better news regarding the fitness of record signing Brown Ideye [ankle] who confirmed via his social media account that he would be available following a return to training although attacking teammate Victor Anichebe is still being monitored as he continues to struggle with ongoing groin issue.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 12:15:00 PM

West Brom's defensive issues may be resolved soon with news that Gareth McAuley could feature as soon as this weekend.

Alan Irvine's team notes are hardly definitive but whether it is this weekend or next, McAuley's return will be welcome as the Baggies try to piece together a new defense with the returning McAuley anchoring newcomers Sebastien Pocognoli, Joleon Lescott and Cristian Gamboa. Lescott and Gamboa joined McAuley on the sidelines last weekend and are likely to remain there again this weekend. Week 3 should see all three eligible to return.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Gareth McAuley could add to Pepe Mel's defensive injury woes as he faces a late fitness check on his calf that will determine if he can face West Ham at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

With Liam Ridgewell definitely out for Week 36 with a knee injury things could go from bad to worse for West Brom if McAuley is also unable to go. West Brom are hanging around just above the relegation zone and with Sunderland and Cardiff squaring off at least one of the teams below them stands to pick up some points this weekend. Things could get a little dicey for the Baggies. For fantasy purposes, the absence of Ridgewell and potentially McAuley sees West Ham attackers like Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan become more attractive.
Fri, Apr 25, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Gareth McAuley scored the equalizer in injury time as West Brom were able to steal a point late in a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

Altogether, it took approximately 360 minutes for the Baggies to figure out where the ball is supposed to go, but they finally get their first score in dramatic fashion. Chris Brunt provided the corner that found McAuley's head and the Northern Irishman directed it into net. With 3 goals and 3 assists last term, McAuley has a history of decent attacking returns for a defender and is the man you want if you are looking at West Brom defense.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 01:12:00 PM

Steve Clarke, having missed out on Federico Fernandez earlier in the week, has apparently shifted his attention to another South American, Diego Lugano of PSG.

The 32 year-old has been capped 85 times for Uruguay but has found playing time hard to come by time at PSG over the last two seasons after a 2011 move from Fenerbahce. Like other recent rumored targets, it isn't clear whether Clarke is shopping for a definite starter or a veteran reserve. The one thing that is clear is that West Brom need to get stingier at the back. Putting efforts into a young defender - Omar Gonzalez anyone? - would seem to make more sense than a fading veteran but any improvement over last season will help in the short term.
Source: Daily Mail
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 01:04:00 PM

With the chase for Federico Fernandez apparently lost, Steve Clarke has turned his attention to former Wigan defender Andreas Granquist.

The Swedish defender wasn't good enough for the Premier League the first time around with Wigan. At 28 years old and, presumably having matured physically and as a player, this may be the time to give it another go. With West Brom searching far and wide for depth at center back the big Swede seems like an uninspired choice. If he is meant to be no more than a deputy then he would be a fine choice but as a presumed starter, it would seem a big risk given his record in both England and Italy.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 10:00:00 AM

With playing time at Napoli hard to come by, West Brom are looking to help Federico Fernandez find some in the Premier League via a loan deal.

Of the teams that stayed up, West Brom were among the leakier defenses in the Premier League last season. Gareth McAuley is a nice piece but a better partner - and the Argentine international would qualify as an upgrade for sure - would certainly help matters at the Hawthorns. With a place in his national side in the balance, the player will certainly want a club like Albion where is will likely play regularly. Spurs have also been mentioned as possible suitors but it seems less likely that he'd play regularly at White Hart Lane.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 09:25:00 AM