West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Saido Berahino's early goal was enough to secure a vital victory over Champions League hopefuls Southampton.

This was another big step towards Premier League survival for the Baggies as Saido Berahino's strike proved enough to beat Southampton. Berahino scored after just 71 seconds at The Hawthorns when he fired home from Maya Yoshida's clearance and the home side held on to take the three points. Graziano Pelle squandered Southampton's best chance when he failed to tap in Ryan Bertrand's excellent low cross. West Brom move up to 13th, eight points clear of the drop zone and it appears Tony Pulis has worked his magic once again. The Saints have now won just one of their last four league matches and remain in 5th, two points behind 4th placed Arsenal who have a game in hand.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 28 - 12:39 PM

Victor Anichebe, still struggling with a groin issue, might be fit enough for the bench but is highly unlikely to start for Tony Pulis against Southampton.

Anichebe continues to be one of the more fragile players in the Premier League despite a robust physical frame. Anichebe will, in all likelihood, miss out again in Week 27 and seems unlikely to be ready to make anything more than a cameo appearance in Week 28. Fantasy managers should avoid making anything approaching a long term investment in him and, at this point, even a week-long purchase seems risky given the frequency of his injuries.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 27 - 12:25 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.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 27 - 12:20 PM

Saido Berahino will be assessed ahead of West Brom's Week 27 match with Southampton at the Hawthorns.

Berahino, the Baggies' leading scorer, seems like a reasonable bet to play. The injury doesn't sound too serious and Tony Pulis will want his best players available to try to pick up at least a point from a Saints team in dire need of a rebound victory. If you need to make a bet on whether Berahino will play or not, I'd say he will. If you don't have to put yourself into that situation, you're probably better off looking elsewhere for a forward.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 27 - 12:17 PM

Brown Ideye's hot streak had to come to an end sometime and Week 26 was the time as the Baggies failed to score at the Stadium of Light.

With Southampton West Brom's next opponents, it might be reasonable to guess that Ideye's goalless streak will go to two matches after the weekend. Ideye's revival under Tony Pulis has been a nice story over the course of February but starting with Week 27 we'll find out if it was just a nice run from a player who remains below average for the Premier League or whether the combination of some time to adapt and a better system around him supplied by Pulis has unlocked the best from the player. Tread cautiously but don't write him off after one poor match.
Source: Yahoo.com
Feb 26 - 4:18 PM

Sunderland and West Brom played out a drab 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light but the home side will be furious about the referee's decision not to send off Joeleon Lescott in the first half

That decision came after just five minutes. Sunderland striker Danny Graham was through on goal only for Lescott to bring him down as the last defender, but for some reason the Baggies defender was shown only a yellow card. Adam Johnson had a goal ruled out for offside but those were the only incidents of note in a pretty appalling game. Both sides will be reasonably satisfied with a point after their relegation rivals QPR and Aston Villa lost, but both remain in the fight to stay up.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 21 - 12:01 PM

Victor Anichebe continues to be plagued by injuries as the West Brom front man will miss Week 26 with a groin injury.

Anichebe's health has consistently been inconsistent. Plagued for his entire career by significant but not catastrophic injuries, he has yet to string together enough healthy days to give anyone hope that he can be relied on. With Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino both in relatively good form, Anichebe might not have started if he were healthy but his absence could certainly cause Tony Pulis some headaches if one of his starters were to go down injured.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 3:40 PM

After picking up an injury while at the African Cup of Nations, Youssouf Mulumbu is close to full health and could feature in the Baggies' Week 26 match at Sunderland.

Tony Pulis has a lot of central midfield options to choose from between Craig Gardner, Claudio Yacob, Mulumbu, Darren Fletcher, and James Morrison. Given that the other four are fully fit, it seems unlikely that Pulis will rush Mulumbu back. A bench role in Week 26 and then a battle for playing time with the rest of the group is very much in Mulumbu's future.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 3:36 PM

Jonas Olsson has been out since September but he is nearing a return after playing multiple reserve matches in recent weeks.

With a new manager installed since Olsson was last healthy, being fit isn't the only barrier to playing time. Once fully fit, the Swedish defender will have to prove himself to Tony Pulis and earn playing time in a team that has been playing well since Pulis' arrival in both the Premier League and the FA Cup. Olsson's return is good news for squad depth but no one should count on him starting matches just yet.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 3:31 PM

The Brown Ideye revolution continues under Tony Pulis as the summer signing continued his goal-scoring ways with a brace against West Ham in a 4-0 Baggies win.

The notion that Brown Ideye would score four goals in three matches against Premier League opposition seemed silly as recently as mid-January but he has come on strong and fired the Baggies to two wins and a draw in their last three matches in all competitions. Ideye was joined among the goals by James Morrison and Saido Berahino who helped heap the misery on Sam Alardyce's men. The win puts the Baggies in the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2008.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 14 - 10:34 AM

After West Bromwich Albion tried their best to offload Brown Ideye at the transfer deadline, the striker has popped up with his two biggest performances in back to back contests, tonight helping the Baggies to a 2-0 win over Swansea City.

After Mario Balotelli's game-winner last night, perhaps the theme of this round's games has been "let bygones be bygones". Heading into the hour mark of tonight's match, the two sides were deadlocked 0-0. That is when Saido Berahino was able to feed the ball into Ideye who at first had it blocked by Ashley Williams but showed a nice display of strength to control the ball and turn to fire a shot with power past the Swansea keeper. Ideye would then return the favor by supplying Berahino later on with a pass in the box and the latter notched his tenth league goal of the season to seal the points. With a clean sheet to boot, it was a positive day all around for the Baggies, save for an early exit by Callum McManaman, who limped off in the second half with a knock.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 11 - 5:11 PM

Victor Anichebe went off early against Burnley in Week 24 and it appears that Week 25 will come too quickly for him to recover.

Tony Pulis likes his battering ram forwards but he will have to do without his preferred option in that role against Swansea as Victor Anichebe will likely be out with a groin injury. Anichebe's absence likely means that one or both of Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye will start in the attack for the Baggies. Ideye, in particular, will be confident after scoring the equalizer to earn the Baggies a point against the Clarets on Saturday.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 10 - 9:02 AM

Callum McManaman has had a quiet beginning to his career with West Bromwich Albion which has seen his fantasy price drop to a very attractive level.

McManaman wasn't a headline-grabbing transfer during January's window, but it is clear he is vital to Tony Pulis' plans, as the skipper inserted his new signing straight into the Baggie XI and the wide man popped up with an assist over the weekend. With the way they have been defending the past two games, West Brom will hope to have their scoring touch when they host Swansea on Thursday. At 2.77m, he is vastly under-priced and could be a player worth stashing beyond this week.
Feb 9 - 4:44 PM

Ben Foster has seen his price dip in recent weeks due to some poor performances, so while West Brom's defending has been sub par as of late, he presents a budget option at the keeper position with a home game against Swansea City this gameweek.

The Baggies have shipped five goals in their last two league games, a disturbing total under Pulis' leadership. Taking his managerial career into account, it does not look to be a trend that will continue. At 4.04m, Foster makes for a somewhat risky but potentially very rewarding play against a Swansea side that will still be without their best threat, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Feb 9 - 4:09 PM

Brown Ideye scored his second Premier League goal and it was important as he drew the Baggies level.

Ideye has been frequently maligned after his expensive summer move has yielded few results. Week 24 saw him justify some of his fee as he scored the equalizer after Albion went down 2-0 early. Chris Brunt halved the lead just before halftime. The Baggies were lucky to maintain the lead after a late Gareth McAuley hand ball in the box went undetected and the match ended 2-2.
Feb 8 - 9:05 AM


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