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Gareth McAuley | Defensemen

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/5/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 198

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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. Aug 22 - 11:06 AM
Source: bbc.com

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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.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Apr 25 - 5:02 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.
Source: TeamTalk.com
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

The Baggies moved to secure the anchor of their defense, Gareth McAuley, by signing him to a two-year deal with improved terms.

With attacking talisman Romelu Lukaku likely headed back to Chelsea after a 17-goal loan performance for Steve Clarke's side it was critical that the Baggies not risk losing McAuley as well. The retention of the 33-year-old will allow Clarke to focus his attention on strengthening an attack that relied heavily on Lukaku especially as the season progressed and James Morisson and Shane Long faded.
Tue, May 21, 2013 04:45:00 PM