Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom couldn’t salvage one more win that would have seen them finish aboveboard the final spot in a 2-0 loss to Palace.

The Baggies could only manage one shot on target throughout the match as they held tight against an in-form Crystal Palace side until the 70th minute when the Eagles scored two goals within the course of eight minutes. Daniel Sturridge made his final appearance in a West Brom shirt for the time being and will now return to Liverpool with his future unlikely to be at Anfield as well. With the loss, the club failed to continue its upstart unbeaten streak that has seen then go toe-to-toe with the likes of Spurs and Manchester United in recent weeks, leaving them in the 20th and final spot on 31 points.
Source: NBC Sports
May 13 - 1:22 PM

West Brom manager Darren Moore will likely give rising youngsters like Jonathan Leko, Sam Field, and Olivier Burke starts as the club look ahead to next season in the Championship.

It is likely that the club will shed expensive veterans like Salomon Rondon, Gareth Barry, and Gareth McAuley from the squad in an effort to streamline the budget in the Championship. Fortunately, Albion have a wave of youngsters with potential who may well benefit from a season starting full time in the second tier rather than watching in the top flight. Look for players like Leko, Field, Burke to start in Week 38 as a launching point for much larger roles next season.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 1:22 PM

West Brom's April flourish under Darren Moore proved to be a swansong as Southampton's 1-0 win away to Swansea condemned them to relegation.

Moore, a caretaker manager appointed following the sacking of Alan Pardrew in early April, has gone undefeated in his five games in the dugout at The Hawthorns. West Brom had looked dead and buried weeks ago when Pardrew left but unlikely wins over Spurs, Manchester United, and Newcastle United as well as draws with Swansea and Liverpool suddenly meant that unlikely permutations gave the Baggies a chance of taking their struggle to the final day. They will not have such an opportunity. Safety lies five points from them with just one game and three points available. Moore previously stated he will discuss his long-term future at West Brom after the final game of the season against Crystal Palace. No matter what, he has left an indelible mark on the minds of PL fans and administrators alike with his audition which earned him the PL's April Manager of the Month award.
May 8 - 5:06 PM

West Bromwich Albion can live to fight another day, as they are not yet mathematically eliminated from survival after grabbing a late winner in a 1-0 upset over Tottenham.

It was a classic affair at the Hawthorns, in that beautiful attacking football was nowhere to be seen, and instead a goalless draw looked to be the result. The Baggies were unsurprisingly dominated by the opponent in terms of possession but they were able to create some chances on their end. After surviving several Tottenham chances, West Brom nearly took the lead on an Ahmed Hegazi header just before the break. Salomon Rondon was set up nicely by Keiran Gibbs early in the second frame but the striker fluffed his lines. While they did well to keep Spurs out, the Baggies knew a draw would do no good as they entered stoppage time. They managed to earn a corner and a flurry around the ball ended with Livermore slotting home. West Brom must win again in their final game and somehow have Southampton and Swansea collapse, which will be difficult seeing that they play against each other.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 12:14 PM

Matt Phillips scored the only goal in a tightly contested match that saw Newcastle dominate possession and both sides combine for a mere four shots on target.

It was a win that Tony Pulis would be proud of from his former charges. West Brom, as architected by Pulis, conceded the lion's share of possession but limited chances and managed a goal on one of their two shots on target. Albion are still six points from safety and have only two matches to play while their rivals at the bottom of the table all have more than that.
Source: espn.com
Apr 28 - 12:22 PM

Nacer Chadli is reportedly fit and available for Saturday's match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle at St. James' Park.

Remember when Nacer Chadli was going to be the next big mid-table thing? Things have gone horribly wrong since his first few highly productive weeks under Tony Pulis. Between under-performing when healthy and too-frequent injuries, Chadli has been a massive disappointment for much of his tenure at the Hawthorns. He could get a run out in Week 36 as the Baggies try anything to create a spark but expecting production (or even more than 60 minutes of match time) is wildly optimistic.
Source: espn.com
Apr 27 - 2:28 PM

Daniel Sturridge hasn't started since February but could get an opportunity as Albion travel to St. James' Park to face Newcastle on Saturday.

Newcastle, for all of the ink that has been spilled about their transfer policies and (lack of) spending, have been a fairly stout defense in their return to the Premier League. Daniel Sturridge has certainly scored against stronger opposition but given West Brom's inability to create chances at volume and Sturridge's lack of match sharpness it's hard to get too excited about the loanee from Liverpool in Week 36. If you're desperate for a forward option then you could do worse but counting on him would be a massive leap of faith.
Source: espn.com
Apr 27 - 2:24 PM

Down two goals with just over 10 minutes to play and staring relegation in the face, West Bromwich Albion rose to the occasion with two late strikes to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Scenes at the Hawthorns. The match started the way one would expect, with Liverpool's attack striking for an early goal. It would take until 35 minutes in for a chance at an equalizer but one chance to catch Loris Karius out of position was not converted and another attempt by Jay Rodriguez moments later missed the mark. The second half appeared to get no better for the home side. Craig Dawson was lucky to avoid a foul that would have given the Reds a penalty, then the Baggies were 0-2 down with a quarter hour to go. That's when hard work began to pay off. Jake Livermore grabbed his first goal of the campaign, following up a Dawson shot from a corner to pull one back. Then, with only a minute to go plus stoppage time, Chris Brunt whipped in a corner and Salomon Rondon was there at the near post to finish a power header. West Brom will likely escape the weekend still in contention to survive, but they need wins now.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 9:40 AM

Daniel Sturridge returned against Manchester United but will not be eligible to play for West Brom due to the terms of his loan from Liverpool to West Brom.

Daniel Sturridge hasn't produced the sort of impact that West Brom were hoping for when they rescued him from the fringes of the Liverpool squad as the January transfer window drew to a close. As is usually the case with Sturridge, injury has been the main culprit. Now, however, with his health at least temporarily good again he finds himself unable to help as Albion face his parent club in the league. Look for Salomon Rondon to get the start at forward.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:27 PM

Jonny Evans knee injury has healed to the point where he has been deemed available for the Week 35 match-up with Liverpool in the Premier League.

If I'm a center back playing for a team about to be relegated, the last thing I want to see on my way back from a leg injury is Liverpool and Mo Salah. Perhaps Evans gets a start regardless but it is hard to see much logic in bringing a player back into that environment regardless of how much recent success Albion have had against the Reds. It seems unlikely that many people will be counting on Evans for fantasy purposes but keep in mind that the cautious play would be waiting until next week to bring him back into the starting line-up.
Source: espn.com
Apr 20 - 4:23 PM

A solitary goal from Jay Rodriguez was enough to earn bottom of the table West Brom a 1-0 win away to Manchester United.

In the early minutes, Man United held possession but couldn't craft a gilt-edged chance. On the counter attack Albion were dangerous, with DDG doing well to keep out a shot from Livermore. United were unfortunate to be denied a penalty on 18' and nearly scored seconds later when Foster stopped Lukaku turning the ball in. Foster smothered United's other opportunity in the first half, again from Lukaku, and stopped a header from the same source brilliantly after the hour mark. With 17 minutes of normal time to go, Jay Rodriguez struck it home, capitalising on a miscue by Matic defending a corner. United pressed on an Mourinho continued his attacking substitutions to no avail, with Foster saving well from Smalling at the death.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 1:00 PM

Daniel Sturridge could make his long-awaited return against Manchester United on Sunday as he and other key West Brom players return slowly from injury.

The former Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool man was supposed to be the key ingredient that helped push Albion towards safety. It hasn't worked out that way after yet another injury marred his move to the Midlands. With Albion all but relegated, Sturridge's big opportunity is to play out the string of this season as an audition for whatever next season might hold for him. Based on what we've seen this season, he has a lot to prove if he wants to even sniff the top half in 2018-19.
Source: espn.com
Apr 13 - 10:48 PM

Nacer Chadli and Sam Field could return for the Baggies this weekend following their recovery from respective thigh and calf injuries.

The pair came through an hour-long workout for the U23 side on Monday evening and providing neither suffers a setback, first-team coach Darren Moore will have both players at his disposal: "We can be optimistic Sam and Nacer will be available for selection at Old Trafford," Director of Performance Mark Gillett said. However, he remained coy on the availability of Daniel Sturridge who has missed the last two months after suffering a hamstring injury at Chelsea in February. The Liverpool loanee "could" be back in training before the end of the week, but even if passed fit, he can expect no more than a place on the bench. Jonny Evans is also battling to overcome the knee problem which forced him out of the game against Swansea; the centre-back is "making progress" although there are no guarantees at this stage.
Apr 12 - 4:51 AM

Nacer Chadli is hoping to finish his injury-ravaged season on a high after stepping up his recovery with the under-23s on Monday night.

The Belgium international was given an hour long run out for the development side in a 5-1 defeat at Brighton and could be included in Darren Moore’s matchday squad at Old Trafford this weekend. A series of hip, thigh and back injuries have restricted Chadli to just three Premier League appearances [two starts] this term and his absence is one of the main reasons why the Baggies have struggled throughout 2017/18. While his return is not expected to produce miracles, it may at least help West Brom salvage some respectability and keeps his slim hopes of making Roberto Martinez’s World Cup squad alive. Sam Field also featured on the south coast following his recent calf problem while Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training. Gareth Barry, who underwent knee surgery on Monday, and James Morrison [Achilles], are the only definite injury absentees heading into game week thirty-four.
Apr 11 - 5:38 AM

Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw versus Swansea City after a little chaos in the box. It was Rodriguez’s second goal in the last three matches and his sixth of the season.

West Brom may have gotten a point on the day, but it’s only a small victory for the Baggies who are all but set to go down. The team showed fight under new manager Darren Moore and pushed Swansea to their limits in this one but a 75th-minute dagger by Tammy Abraham ensured that the points would be shared.
Apr 7 - 12:31 PM



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