West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Saido Berahino continued his torrid start to the Premier League season as his sixth goal of the season as West Brom led twice and came away with a draw against Manchester United.

The England youth international has been staking his claim for bigger things in the near future with his goals for Alan Irvine's squad. West Brom can consider themselves unlucky not to get all three points after leading until the 87th minute. Stephane Sessegnon opened the scoring on a flowing attacking move that saw Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw out of position on the left allowing Andre Wisdom acres of space to cross or Sessegnon. After a Marouane Fellaini equalizer, Berahino caught Rafael playing too deep and beat the central defense for a one-on-one against David De Gea that he converted. Daley Blind kept the Baggies from a win with a late goal but Albion will be feeling the better of the two about the result.
Oct 20 - 4:58 PM

West Brom return from the international break remarkably healthy with Chris Brunt the only regular facing even a chance of missing out.

Brunt returned from international duty with a minor issue but Alan Irvine has indicated that there is a decent chance that he will recover in time for the Monday match with Manchester United. "Chris Brunt was the only one who came back with a problem but we're hopeful. He came back early and fortunately that gave us time to work with him." That's certainly not a guarantee so be cautious starting him in unique ownership formats unless you have someone else from the United vs. WBA match to sub in at the last minute as it is the last of the match week.
Source: WBA.co.uk
Oct 17 - 1:41 PM

Alan Irvine could be counting the cost on his squad ahead of this weekend after Gareth McAuley became the latest Baggies player to pick up an injury while on international duty.

McAuley [unspecified knock] opened the goal scoring against the Faroe Islands on Saturday but was replaced early in the second half and will be assessed before Tuesdays’ qualifier with Greece. The West Brom defender joins Chris Brunt who was ruled out of the Euro double header because of a groin problem in training with the player facing a race to be ready for the visit of Manchester United in game week eight. However there was better news regarding the fitness of record signing Brown Ideye [ankle] who confirmed via his social media account that he would be available following a return to training although attacking teammate Victor Anichebe is still being monitored as he continues to struggle with ongoing groin issue.
Oct 13 - 12:15 PM

West Brom lost at Anfield on Saturday but Craig Gardner continued to contribute strong real and fantasy performances for the Baggies in the loss.

Craig Gardner is hardly a household name. It wasn't even clear that he would be a starter when he arrived at the Hawthorns over the summer. Instead, the holding midfielder has displaced last season's starter Yousouf Mulumbu and done nicely averaging eight points/match in the Yahoo format. Two blocked shots, two interceptions and six tackles won were pegged back by Gardner committing four fouls but on balance it was still a very solid, unheralded performance. He's definitely an under-the-radar pick-up in unique ownership leagues.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 8 - 3:28 PM

West Brom's streak of three wins over the course of the past week in all competitions was halted at Anfield 2-1.

West Brom were game to give the home team a tough match through much of the first half but conceding a pretty goal as the half ended seemed to take the steam out of their effort. They got an undeserved goal through a foul just outside the box that was ruled a penalty in the 51st minute. Saido Berahino converted but Liverpool answered quickly with a Jordan Henderson strike. Berahino did draw into a tie with Leonardo Ulloa for second on the Premier League goals this season with his fifth.
Oct 4 - 12:23 PM

Craig Dawson has emerged from the fringes of the squad as a starter for West Brom this season and he announced himself with a huge performance in the Week 6 win over Burnley.

The 24-year-old central defender has been starting all season for the Baggies but between the team's poor performances and his relative unfamiliarity with the Premier League, he hadn't shown much. That all changed in Week 6 when he scored, recorded a clean sheet and added solid phantom points to his performance as well for a huge total of 28 points in the Yahoo format. The return to health of Joleon Lescott seems to have helped Dawson significantly over the past two weeks. Many saw the clean sheet win over Spurs as a fluke but the new center back pairing may be the key to good things for Albion. The situation is very much worth monitoring for potential value in draft/auction-type leagues.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 2 - 10:05 AM

West Brom could welcome back a quartet of players this weekend but Baggies boss Alan Irvine is unlikely to make wholesale changes after the emphatic victory over Burnley at the Hawthorns in game week six.

Chris Baird [illness] missed out last Sunday but has returned to training while Brown Ideye [ankle], Sylvestre Varela and Victor Anichebe [both groin] face late fitness tests; full-back Sebastien Pocognoli who limped to the sidelines after picking up a minor knock should be fine. However West Brom will be forced into at least one alteration as Andre Wisdom is unable to face his parent club under the terms of his loan agreement – Christian Gamboa is in line for his first league start since his summer move from Rosenborg. Saido Berahino will look to add to his four goals already this term and will be buoyed by the news of his England Under-21 call up on Thursday.
Oct 2 - 9:27 AM

West Bromwich Albion are making their move in the table after their second consecutive win comes easy for them, a 4-0 win over Burnley, with Saido Berahino scoring his second brace of the season.

What a turnaround for the Baggies in the past week as heading into last weekend's clash with Spurs, they had just one point in the league and had not scored for three consecutive matches. Now they find themselves currently 10th in the table and Berahino suddenly has scored a brace in two of West Brom's first three home games. Expectations for Berahino and others going forward in fantasy should be somewhat tempered, Burnley were horrible today. However, their recent display at least puts some of their better players in the conversation for weekly games where they have a plus matchup.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 28 - 12:59 PM

Sebastien Pocognoli has been a pleasant surprise as he continued his better-than-average string of performances with a double digit outing against Spurs in Week 5.

The left back was not as highly touted as some of the other names that arrived at the Hawthorns this summer but he has been a solid contributor going forward and at the back. As the rest of the defense (Gareth McAuley and Youssouf Mulumbu) return to health his chances at clean sheets are likely to increase so he is definitely an under the radar candidate in draft/auction leagues or other formats where salary cap budgets are extremely tight.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 24 - 8:14 PM

Joleon Lescott made his first start in the Premier League for West Brom to fantastic reviews as the Baggies beat Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane and held them to a single shot on target.

The former England defender was the subject of a bidding war between a variety of mid-table clubs after he was deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City. It took Lescott until Week 5 to round fully into shape after some knee issues but it appears to have been worth the wait after the defender was exceptional against Spurs. With the spine of the team returning to health the Baggies may become a more difficult proposition that what we saw over the season's first four weeks.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 24 - 8:08 PM

First Gareth McAuley and then Saido Berahino scored in the late going on Wednesday to see West Bromwich Albion past Hull City in Capital One Cup action.

The Baggies have gone from strength to strength after beating Tottenham at the weekend with Joleon Lescott coming back from injury they saw Gareth McAuley return to the starting line-up and score a goal as they advanced in the League Cup. Brown Ideye scored his first goal for the club early but Tom Ince and Robbie Brady scored to put Hull City in front early in the second half. Rapid fire goals from McAuley (87) and Berahino (88) saw the Baggies to victory.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sep 24 - 7:20 PM

A header by James Morrison in the 74th minute was the lone goal of the day as the Baggies earn three needed points on the road, defeating a struggling Spurs side 0-1.

Entering play, West Brom looked like one of the three early relegation candidates, having gone without a goal since opening day, but they took advantage Spurs lack of energy and attacking ideas to nick a goal in the latter stages of the match and grab a deserved win. The winner came from a Chris Brunt corner which Morrison headed home easily, completely unmarked. Some credit also needs to go to Joleon Lescott, who's presence in defense has perhaps given West Brom a vital piece to stay afloat in the league this season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 21 - 10:31 AM

He certainly ins't the biggest name out there but it wasn't long ago that Mulumbu had a huge phantom point week for the Baggies.

Having recovered from his hamstring issue that kept him out for West Brom's Week 4 capitulation to Everton Youssouf Mulumbu is available again. "Available" doesn't exactly fill you with confidence that he'll be ready to go and a trip to White Hart Lane doesn't scream "pick me" either. If you are in an auction/draft format then you might be very happy to see the Baggies' midfielder enforcer returning to the line-up.
Sep 19 - 8:32 PM

It was an ugly fantasy week for West Brom but the best of the bunch was Craig Gardner who has put together a surprisingly strong fantasy season so far.

Gardner managed to eek his way into the Week 4 Joel Ward All-stars team on the back of three passes intercepted and four tackles won. His total would have been higher had he not been shown a yellow card which dragged him down out of double digits. The real note here is that West Brom are close to being entirely fantasy irrelevant right now with Saido Berahino and Yousouf Mulumbu having put up the only two really remarkable weekly performances for the team thus far with neither having repeated their excellence in any of the Baggies' other matches.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:41 PM

West Brom have become early relegation candidates after struggling once again and losing 2-0 to Everton.

Some analysts were hyping up West Brom's defense before the season started but that hasn't been the case so far as they've lacked quality. They only have two points after four matches and are tied for last place in the Premier League. Their poor display at home today was another sign that they might be fighting the relegation battle this season. We advice against using any WBA players in fantasy at the moment.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 13 - 1:38 PM



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