Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom officially announced defender Jonas Olsson has left the club to return to his home country.

The club agreed to terminate the final three months of Olsson's contract so that the Swedish international can join Stockholm-based Djurgarden IF before the start of the season. The 34-year-old defender has not featured since starting against Spurs in Gameweek 21 and has been an unused substitute in every game since. In total, Olsson has made seven starts in the Premier League this season. The move to Sweden ends a nearly nine-season association with the Baggies, where he accumulated 253 appearances. Said Olsson: "I'm really grateful to the club for helping me sort out this transfer. I still feel I have a few good years in me but such is the quality of the competition at Albion for places in my position, it was getting harder and harder to see a first team opportunity."
Mar 23 - 9:01 AM

West Bromwich Albion got back on track after a couple of lackluster displays with a big 3-1 win over Arsenal, a Craig Dawson brace making the difference.

With the win today, Albion have matched last season's points total and they have done it with an improved attack while still maintaining a composed defense. Craig Dawson was the hero of the day, scoring the first goal of the day and the last goal of the day in similar fashion. He headed home a Nacer Chadli corner in the first half to open the scoring, then headed a James McClean corner to put the game away in the second half. Sandwiched in between, Hal Robson-Kanu scored on a ball left loose in the box, making an immediate impact after replacing an ineffective Salomon Rondon.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 18 - 10:39 AM

James Morrison will miss West Bromwich Albion's Week 29 match against Arsenal with an ankle knock.

Morrison's injury is not a serious one but, when combined with Matt Phillips' continued absence will hurt Albion's chances against Arsenal in Week 29. Morrison should return for Week 30.
Source: Espnfc.com
Mar 17 - 6:26 PM

Outmuscled and overwhelmed by a strong Everton side, West Bromwich Albion lost its second straight league match.

The past week was not the most promising for manager Tony Pulis, who said he will open new contract talks with the club despite being shut out in both games this week. Already missing Matty Phillips due to injury, Pulis said he would rotate the squad to rest fatigued players for the weekend. Off went Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Salomon Rondon, but it made no real difference with the Baggies struggling to record only two shots on target while failing to contain former striker Romelu Lukaku.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 11 - 12:01 PM

With Matt Phillips out again in Week 28 against Everton, Jonny Evans is likely to start a second consecutive Premier League match.

Jonny Evans was a surprise starter in Week 27 and it looks like there's a very good chance that it will happen again in Week 28 at Goodison Park. The upside for fantasy managers, especially in draft/auction leagues, is that Evans may well be available on waivers in a week when there are far fewer players available than usual due to FA Cup obligations on the part of many teams in the Premier League.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 10 - 6:56 PM

Matt Phillips will miss a second consecutive Premier League match with a hamstring injury.

Last weekend Phillips' absence was late-breaking news. This weekend it is just aggravating for fantasy managers struggling to field full starting elevens given the few matches happening in the league due to FA Cup conflicts. Tony Pulis will likely continue with Chris Brunt in midfield with Jonny Evans filling in for Brunt in the back four.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 10 - 6:51 PM

West Brom struggled to generate an attack all day as they fell 2-0 to Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns.

Nacer Chadli registered West Brom's first shot on target of the match but it wasn't until the second half and it wasn't particularly dangerous. That about summed up the day for Tony Pulis' side who just never really clicked on the day.
Source: Espnfc.com
Mar 4 - 1:14 PM

Jonny Evans started last weekend after returning from an injury layoff but don't expect him to start again if Matt Phillips returns from his hamstring injury.

Jonny Evans and Matt Phillips aren't exactly players you'd expect to be vying for the same spot in a starting line-up. Evans is generally a center back while Phillips is an attacking midfielder. It does appear, however, that their fates or at least their playing time will be intertwined going down the stretch this season. Tony Pulis moved Chris Brunt up to deputize for Phillips due to a hamstring injury last weekend leaving a spot open for Evans to come in. With Phillips' injury status for this week up in the air it would seem Evans' situation is equally unclear.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 3 - 1:51 PM

Craig Dawson has been given medical clearance to play after coming off with a head injury in West Brom's 2-1 win over Bournemouth in Week 26.

Never one to back away from contact, Craig Dawson came out of his clash of heads with Tyronne Mings unable to continue last weekend. The injury was not so serious, however, that the West Brom center back will be forced to miss any additional time. Expect Dawson and Gareth McAuley to resume their partnership in the center of the Albion defense. Whether Jonny Evans joins them again will likely depend whether Matt Phillips passes a late fitness test.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 3 - 1:47 PM

Matt Phillips was a surprise late scratch last weekend with a hamstring injury and Tony Pulis will have to wait to see if he is healthy enough to return for the Week 27 visit of Crystal Palace.

Albion managed a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Bournemouth last weekend despite the absence of Phillips. With another relatively poor side arriving at the Hawthorns for Week 27 you have to expect that Tony Pulis will be conservative with Phillips. If there's any concern that playing might set the player back or that he might be less than 100% because of the lingering effects expect Phillips to sit. If you have to make a choice related to Phillips then you should probably avoid including him in a fantasy line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 3 - 1:43 PM

Jonny Evans started in Albion's Week 26 win over Bournemouth but it may not be a permanent move given the circumstances.

It appears that Jonny Evans' start was a direct result of the unexpected late injury to Matt Phillips. Chris Brunt moved up from full back to midfield to fill in for Phillips opening up a spot for Evans to come into the line-up. Tony Pulis seems to be focused on a more attacking line-up featuring Brunt at the back and Phillips in midfield when both are healthy. Pulis may adjust his attacking bent based on the opponent but Brunt and Ayew seem to be starters in his typical starting eleven these days with Evans likely a reserve.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 28 - 1:34 PM

Tony Pulis expects Craig Dawson to be okay for the visit of Crystal Palace this weekend despite the centre-back being knocked out cold on Saturday.

Dawson was poleaxed following a sickening clash of heads with Tyrone Mings, but the Baggies boss was able to provide a positive update after his sides 2-1 win over Bournemouth and laughed off any suggestion that the 26-year-old had suffered a serious injury: "He’s got absolutely slaughtered in the dressing room after the game," Pulis said. "He’s got a little bump on the side of his head so he’s got hammered by the players." Those sentiments were echoed by teammate Chris Brunt who added "what goes around comes around" implying Dawson has dished out his fair share of injuries in the past. "If there’s a chance to go and put his head on something he will always do it and sometimes you come off a bit worse for wear."
Feb 28 - 4:37 AM

Tony Pulis has confirmed winger Matt Phillips will undergo a second scan next week after missing the 2-1 win over Bournemouth because of a problem with his hamstring.

West Brom made one change for the visit of Eddie Howe’s men on Saturday as Jonny Evans, available again following a recent calf injury, was recalled in place of Phillips who was omitted from the match day 18. Pulis said his squad had "one or two niggles" heading into game week 26 but there was no specific mention of names and the doubts were thought to James Morrison and Nacer Chadli who were replaced at West Ham due to muscular injuries. However, both players were passed fit and Pulis later admitted "it was too much of a risk" to involve Phillips and lose him "further down the line." The 25-year-old will have another scan on Wednesday to determine his availability for the visit of Crystal Palace next weekend.
Feb 26 - 1:01 PM

Gareth McAuley scored a crucial goal again in Week 26 as West Brom beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Hawthorns.

All the scoring happened relatively early in the match with Josh King scoring a penalty in the 5th minute followed by a deflected Craig Dawson strike in the 10th and the Gareth McAuley winner in the 22nd. McAuley scored late to draw Albion even against West Brom earlier in February and he closed out the month with a winner. The goal came when the center back was first to pounce on Artur Boruc's flailing attempt at a punch from Chris Brunt's corner. The win further cements Albion's status in the 8th spot in the league as they moved eight points clear of Stoke City.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 25 - 12:24 PM

After recovering from his illness, Claudio Yacob was a substitute in Week 25 while Jake Livermore started again at the base of midfield.

Given the amount of money paid for Livermore and the success he has experienced since Yacob went out with an illness in Week 24, it could well be that Livermore has pushed past Yacob as the starter for Tony Pulis. If you have to make a decision as to which you think is more likely to start in Week 26 against Bournemouth, where another Albion win is a reasonable expectation, then Livermore should be the odds-on favorite.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 24 - 2:59 PM


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