Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Tony Pulis admits the knee injury sustained by Ben Foster is an "enormous worry" while the full extent the problem is yet to be determined.

The West Brom goalkeeper was a notable absentee on Monday night at the King Power Stadium as Boaz Myhill came in for his first Premier League start since April 2016. Following the 1-1 with Leicester, Pulis revealed that Foster had been "playing with his son in the back garden" and tweaked his knee, and because of his previous problems, which includes reconstructive surgery "there was no way in a million years we were going to take the risk with him." Foster will have a scan ahead of this weekend’s trip to Southampton. Myhill is expected to deputise on Saturday, despite picking up a lower leg injury following a nasty collision with Jamie Vardy. "I managed to get through the rest of the game," he said post-match. "I’ll go and see Mark Gillett (director of performance) and we’ll have a look. I think so (a dead leg)."
Source: ITV.com
Oct 18 - 4:34 AM

Nacer Chadli returned to the West Brom starting line-up with a bang as he scored from a set piece for Albion's only goal in their 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Chadli, who has been suffering from a back issue since the summer, finally returned to the starting line-up and the shuffle yielded results for Tony Pulis. Chadli definitely showed some rust after his long layoff but he also showed his quality with a free kick that wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel. It wasn't enough for the Baggies as Riyad Mahrez equalized past Boaz Myhill who was deputizing for an injured Ben Foster. Despite the result, look for Chadli's stock to rise as he rounds back into form.
Source: espnfc.com
Oct 16 - 4:53 PM

Tony Pulis will need to check on a few of his first-team squad members ahead of Mondays visit to the King Power Stadium.

"There are a couple of niggles," revealed the Baggies boss during Thursday pre-match briefing. Hal Robson-Kanu picked up an unspecified muscular strain during Wales defeat to the Republic of Ireland while James Morrison suffered a calf injury in Scotland’s 1-0 win over Slovakia. "[Hopefully] the extra [recovery] days might help" but Pulis has other options to consider, including man of the moment James McClean who is full of confidence following his midweek goal. Nacer Chadli played 90 minutes for Belgium in Cyprus but the midfielder "won't be back in the building until Saturday morning" after stopping off in Germany to see a back specialist. However, his involvement is likely to be from the bench at best having struggled due to injury this term. Chadli has featured just once – in the League Cup - for West Brom during 2017/18.
Source: Clubcall
Oct 12 - 5:46 AM

Nacer Chadli has recovered from his injury but still faces a need for fitness and sharpness before he will be considered for first team duty.

With high-flying Watford visiting the Hawthorns in Week 7, Tony Pulis would certainly prefer to have the Belgian attacker at his disposal. Whether as a starter or an impact substitute, Chadli brings a combination of power and pace not available elsewhere in the Albion squad. It looks like he will have to wait, likely until after the international break to get Chadli back. When he is available, it isn't clear how prominent a role he will play given the extent to which Pulis has bolstered his attacking options over the past few transfer windows.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 29 - 12:12 PM

Gareth Barry became the Premier League's all-time appearance leader after starting Monday's loss to Arsenal.

In the 2-0 loss, the West Brom midfielder made his 633rd appearance in the top-flight, breaking Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs' record, which was also his 601st start. The Premier League journeyman couldn't do much to help his new club over the top though, with their only chance coming on Barry's pass over the top to Jay Rodriguez that was impeded by Shkodran Mustafi and should have been a penalty. Regardless, Barry said he was just happy to get past the record: "It will be nice to put this milestone to bed. I've not really given it too much thought about who is behind me. There is so much concentration on what you are doing."
Source: ESPN FC
Sep 26 - 4:57 PM

Jay Rodriguez will have wanted a first half penalty called against Shkodran Mustafi but it wasn't to be as Arsenal moved past it and beat West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates.

Rodriguez played a good match and it was one that could have been much better had he stayed down and forced the hand of the referee when he was tackled hard in the box by Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi. Rather than staying down, Rodriguez recovered and kept on with his attacking move. It was the right move to make from a sporting point of view but probably not the most pragmatic thing to do. Let off the hook for a difficult call, the official let play continue and Arsenal came through unscathed. The Gunners went on to score two Alexandre Lacazette goals while all Albion could do was reply with a couple of Rodriguez shots on target.
Sep 25 - 5:18 PM

Chris Brunt continues to be a difficult player to get a handle on between a current calf issue and where Kieran Gibbs fits into the picture.

Chris Brunt has been something of a Swiss Army Knife for Tony Pulis over the past year or so. Sometimes deployed as a left back, sometimes deployed further up the pitch, and sometimes excluded entirely. Since Gibbs' arrival toward the end of the transfer window Brunt has been an unused substitute once (Brighton) and started and come off after 71 minutes once (West Ham). Given the calf injury and alternatives, it may well be that Brunt will miss out entirely on Week 6. Despite West Brom's status as a less-than-glamorous side, Brunt's status will be interesting to fantasy managers as his health returns and Tony Pulis is forced to figure out how and how often to use the Northern Ireland international.
Sep 22 - 12:19 PM

Olivier Burke has been listed as questionable for West Brom's Monday trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal.

Burke has only played twice in the Premier League, both as a substitute, for Tony Pulis since coming over from RB Leipzig during the summer transfer window. His inclusion in the squad likely won't make a significant difference to Week 6 plans as he hasn't featured since September 9th. Burke is more "one for the future" at this point even as he is on the fringes of the first team.
Sep 22 - 12:12 PM

Jake Livermore missed the 0-0 bore draw with West Ham United but manager Tony Pulis remains hopeful that the midfielder will be back to face Arsenal in game week six.

The Baggies midfielder was given a few days off to help him recover after feeling "mentally tired" following a hectic summer with little down time: "Just to clarify the club (both management and medical) made the decision - it was right to take few days off to rest my body," revealed Livermore through his personal Twitter account: "I hadn't had this time in summer due to international duties and then myself wanting to do a full pre-season with my then new team-mates." Speaking after the game on Saturday, Pulis confirmed after checking Livermore’s running stats and his data that "he had dropped off a bit" so decided to give him a break. "We could have done with his energy against West Ham with the way the game went. He won't play on Wednesday [Carabao Cup] but hopefully he will be ready to face Arsenal on Monday.
Sep 19 - 6:09 AM

Gareth Barry equalled Ryan Giggs' record of 632 PL appearances as his West Brom side drew 0-0 with West Ham at home.

West Ham held 63% of the possession but failed to make it count, only managing one shot on target all game, the same tally as the home side. Pedro Obiang went closest for the Hammers, hammering the crossbar with a shot from just outside the centre-circle in the middle of the pitch. Foster was caught off his line but saved the indignity of conceding like that. Foster himself received a yellow card after rushing out of his box to stop Javier Hernandez. He was perhaps fortunate not to see red. West Brom remain in the top half for now whilst West Ham remain in the relegation zone after earning just their fourth point of the season.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 16 - 12:10 PM

A warning to fantasy managers that Kieran Gibbs is not match fit and, over and above that, his role at West Brom isn't entirely clear at this point.

The question isn't really whether Kieran Gibbs is West Brom's best two-way left back, he is, the question is really what Tony Pulis wants out of that position. Chris Brunt, who is more attacking presence and set piece expert than two-way player, has been manning the left back position thus far this campaign. With Kieran Gibbs arriving from Arsenal, the question remains as to whether Gibbs slots in at left back with Brunt moving further up the pitch, Brunt moves to the bench, or Gibbs is viewed as a reserve/part time player. Until we know more about Tony Pulis' intentions for Gibbs he should be viewed skeptically by fantasy managers.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 8 - 1:32 PM

Grzegorz Krychowiak will be a fixture in midfield for West Brom this season but Tony Pulis didn't commit to starting him in Week 4 as he gains match sharpness after his move from PSG.

The Poland international is short of match fitness after not playing a significant part at PSG and not featuring for his country over the international break. If you are in a situation where you will have to decide whether to start Krychowiak before line-ups are released then you're probably best advised to wait until next week. If you can delay until line-ups are released then you should target him as a starter in all fantasy formats that credit peripheral statistics like tackles won and interceptions significantly.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 8 - 1:28 PM

Gareth McAuley will not return to the West Brom squad for Week 4 as he lacks match fitness as he recovers from a thigh injury picked up over the summer.

McAuley will return to a crowded defense with Jonny Evans having remained at the Hawthorns and Ahmed Hegazi having emerged over the first three weeks of the season. With Craig Dawson firmly entrenched there will be a battle for minutes at the heart of the defense once everyone is healthy and fit. Given age it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect McAuley to find himself a reserve despite his level of play and durability over the past couple of seasons.
Source: espnfc.com
Sep 8 - 1:22 PM

While the deal hasn't been announced by the club as of yet, Grzegorz Krychowiak will reportedly be joining West Brom from PSG.

The Poland international will bring an element of class to the Albion midfield and clearly be the most distinguished player available to Tony Pulis. The former Sevilla man has languished at PSG but was sought-after for a reason when he left La Liga. The big question for Pulis is how he doles out minutes between Jake Livermore, Krychowiak and newly arrived Gareth Barry. A nice problem to have at a mid-table club focused on playing a conservative style. As a fantasy option, Krychowiak will be a strong play in formats that reward peripheral defensive stats like interceptions and tackles won but less so in formats that rely on clean sheets, goals and assists as the primary method of scoring points.
Aug 30 - 1:06 PM

Kieran Gibbs has been officially announced as a West Brom player after nearing a deal with Watford last week. Gibbs signed a 4-year deal with the Midlands club.

The former Arsenal left back has been frequently injured but, when healthy, will inject Tony Pulis' side with an element of speed on the defensive flank that they have rarely seen. With Chris Brunt having been stationed at left back thus far this campaign there are two likely outcomes from this move. Either Gibbs is a high end reserve for a mid-table club or Tony Pulis will move Brunt further forward and install Gibbs as a starter at left back as often as he is fit. When he starts, Gibbs is capable of being a solid fantasy contributor but certainly not one to go out of your way to acquire given West Brom's conservative style of play.
Source: @WBA
Aug 30 - 8:17 AM


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