West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Stephane Sessegnon had his second consecutive strong weekend as he provided assists on both of West Brom's goals in their 3-2 loss at Loftus Road.

Sessegnon re-emerged from an extended period of injury and ineffectiveness last weekend as West Brom managed a rare victory. He tried his best against Queens Park Rangers as he headed on a corner that Joleon Lescott headed home to give Albion an early 1-0 lead. The Baggies' second goal came through Valera who performed a beautiful give and go with Sessegnon at the edge of the box before scoring. Unfortunately, Alan Irvine's men couldn't hold on to the lead as Charlie Austin hit for a hat trick that saw QPR draw even with West Brom in the table.
Dec 20 - 11:57 AM

Chris Brunt is back to full health for West Brom's critical trip to Loftus Road, expect him to start.

After two weeks out of the line-up with a hamstring injury, Chris Brunt returns to action for what will be an important match-up at the bottom of the table. West Brom have risen above the group at the very bottom of the table but things are still packed tightly enough that the Rs could draw even with the Baggies with a win. Alan Irvine will be happy to have his captain back for the occasion.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:55 AM

Stephane Sessegnon collected three shots on target in West Brom's 1-0 win over Aston Villa in Week 16.

Sessegnon is a frustrating player. He has moments when he absolutely sparkles but then he'll disappear for long stretches. He was at his active best in Week 16 firing three shots on target. He didn't get a goal but between the shots on target and winning four fouls, he put up a strong fantasy total for a West Brom team that didn't put up great stats despite winning. The problem is that history tells us that this is the anomaly rather than the start of a trend. Probably best not to overreact to one active match as Sessegnon is just as likely to be on the bench of ninety minutes in Week 17 as he is to repeat the double digit performance.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 17 - 3:36 PM

It appears that Alan Irvine may have changed Saido Berahino's role to "late-match change of pace" after dropping the forward from the starting line-up for two consecutive weeks.

West Brom isn't enough of an attacking force that you'd think they could afford to rotate their leading goal-scorer on a regular basis but that is what Alan Irvine has done over Week 15 and Week 16. After starting Berahino consistently from Week 1 through Week 14, Irvine decided to try a different approach with a player who hadn't scored since the end of October. While bringing Berahino on late didn't directly create a goal, it certainly changed up the attacking mix and a goal and a win did come within a few minutes of the player being introduced. Fantasy managers should be aware that the arrangement could continue which would have an impact on Berahino's opportunity to collect phantom points over the course of an entire match.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 17 - 3:32 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.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 17 - 3:25 PM

Craig Gardner picked a great time to score his first Baggies goal with the only score in West Brom's 1-0 win over local rivals Aston Villa.

Alan Irvine made a few changes for the local derby but it wasn't until the intro of Saido Berahino that Albion looked like scoring. Within two minutes of his introduction West Brom scored from a rebounded Brown Ideye shot. With Villa down a man, the Baggies cruised to the 1-0 victory.
Dec 13 - 11:55 AM

Saido Berahino, West Brom's leading scorer this season, didn't start against Hull City but is likely to return to the line-up against Aston Villa.

West Brom need all the goals they can get in their starting line-up so it seems unlikely that Alan Irvine will choose to rest Saido Berahino again with a seemingly winnable home date against Aston Villa. The big question is whether he will shift his midfield alignment and revert Youssuf Mulumbu to the bench and have Berahino partner Victor Anichebe in a 4-4-2 or whether Berahino will replace Anichebe in a more conservative 4-5-1.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Dec 12 - 11:48 AM

West Brom captain Chris Brunt is set to miss another match as his hamstring will not be ready in time for the Saturday visit from Aston Villa.

The Baggies have a number of options in midfield to make up for the absence of Chris Brunt with James Morrison, Graham Dorrans, and Stephane Sessegnon having played in front of Craig Gardner and Youssuf Mulumbu in the Week 15 nil-nil draw at the KC Stadium. With Brunt out, it seems likely that the midfield will remain unchanged unless Alan Irvine brings in Saido Berahino, who was on the bench vs. Hull City, for one of his midfielders.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Dec 12 - 11:44 AM

Craig Dawson had been ever-present at the heart of West Brom's defense through 14 matches but was given a break in Week 15 with Gareth McAuley deputizing.

Dawson has had a strong debut season as a starter and his rotation against Hull City should be considered nothing more than a needed rest for a player not used to facing the rigors of the Premier League week in and week out. There is no reason to expect that Alan Irvine will be looking for Gareth McAuley to start on anything more than a spot basis to rest Joleon Lescott or Dawson.
Dec 10 - 2:50 PM

Joleon Lescott anchored a clean sheet on the road against Hull City and produced a strong fantasy outing.

The fantasy totals of a defense generally tends to look good when they earn a clean sheet but Joleon Lescott was the leader among the Baggies' defenders against Hull City. The former Manchester City and Everton defender scored 15 points in the Yahoo scoring system by adding three interceptions, three tackles won and a blocked shot. A solid effort partnering Gareth McAuley for the first time this season rather than Craig Dawson.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 10 - 2:45 PM

Graham Dorrans failed to convert a penalty as West Brom and Hull City played to a scoreless draw.

Saturday featured a number of nil-nil draws and West Brom and Hull City featured in the most likely of them. Victor Anichebe drew a foul in the box for the best scoring chance on the day. Unfortunately, Graham Dorrans couldn't convert and the match ended without a goal.
Dec 6 - 12:58 PM

Sebastien Pocognoli has passed a fitness test for a dead leg in advance of the Week 15 match against Hull City and should start.

The Belgian left back has been one of the surprise packages of the season. His acquisition didn't raise too many eyebrows but his play has been extremely solid as a defender and in support of the attack. He doesn't seem to have a great deal of upside but could well be an extremely solid mid-table starter for at least a few years. Alan Irvine will be happy to have him available with points definitely available against Hull City this weekend.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Dec 5 - 12:03 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.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Dec 5 - 12:00 PM

It was only Victor Anichebe's second start since Week 2 but he looked lively over ninety minutes despite his team losing 2-1.

Anichebe has only started four times for the Baggies this season due to injuries and forever-shifting attacking line-ups as Alan Irvine searches for the right combination. Anichebe didn't waste his opportunity to produce for the rare fantasy manager who took a chance on him. He produced three shots on target and won three corners while compiling 11 points in the Yahoo scoring system. His status as a starter deserves monitoring in deeper formats.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 4 - 3:10 PM

Graham Dorrans hasn't contributed a great deal this season but Week 14 saw him notch his third assist of the season in the Baggies' 2-1 loss to West Ham.

In addition to the assist, Dorrans managed a shot on target, two passes intercepted, two successful crosses and won two tackles. The combined total of his efforts was good for 13 points in the Yahoo format which represents nearly a quarter of his output for the season to date. Hard to imagine this becoming a trend based on the large sample size we have of Dorrans in the Premier League but with the player seemingly healthy he at least deserves watching in deeper formats to see if he can lift his game.
Source: Yahoo.com
Dec 4 - 3:05 PM



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