Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom have been plunged into a defensive crisis ahead of Wednesday nights’ FA Cup fourth round replay against Peterborough United at the London Road Stadium.

The League One outfit grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the original tie at the Hawthorns just as it seemed Tony Pulis’ men had done enough, taking the lead in the 84th minute. But parity was restored moments later and the sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Now the Baggies face a trip down South with up-to five defenders at risk of missing the game. Jonny Evans (hamstring) and Chris Brunt (calf) are definitely ruled out while Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson picked up problems at Newcastle on Saturday. That leaves the Premier League outfit with only three fit senior defenders at the club - James Chester, Cristian Gamboa and Sebastien Pocognoli – and Pulis may need to call upon some Albion youngsters for cover.
Feb 9 - 3:44 AM

West Brom's recent scoring woes only seemed to continue in the Northeast in a 1-0 loss at Newcastle, leaving Tony Pulis and the Baggies scrambling for answers up top.

For the second time in the past three Premier League matches, West Brom failed to record a shot on goal despite taking seven shots. Pulis decided to meddle with the lineup once again, starting Victor Anichebe at forward while putting Craig Gardner on the wing. But both were pulled by the end of the match with Saido Berahino emerging from his exile for a full half of action while Alex Pritchard, who nearly scored in the final 10 minutes off a free-kick, made his debut for the club since arriving on loan from Spurs last week. But the Baggies are dropping fast after their Premier League winless streak extended to five, putting them just six points clear of the relegation zone in 14th.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 6 - 12:32 PM

Chris Brunt joins James Morrison and Jonny Evans on the sidelines as West Brom travel to Newcastle in Week 25 Premier League action.

The combined absence of Brunt and Morrison is bad news for a West Brom side that has had significant trouble generating a meaningful attack this season. Tony Pulis isn't known for free-flowing football but at least some attacking capability is required to actually win matches. Perhaps the absences in midfield will motivate Pulis to return Saido Berahino to the starting line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 5 - 1:56 PM

When Jonny Evans went down with a hamstring strain against Swansea in Week 24, Tony Pulis chose to use Craig Gardner rather than James Chester despite Chester being the only recognized center back on the bench.

Things have gone horribly wrong for James Chester since his arrival at the Hawthorns over the summer. Acquiring Chester wasn't cheap but given Tony Pulis' penchant for starting three or even four center backs across the back line, it was easy to see a path to Chester getting significant playing time even after Jonny Evans was also acquired. Since then though, Chester has apparently fallen further and further down the pecking order at the Hawthorns to the point where he isn't even getting the call when he's the only center back available. Expect a summer move away.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 5 - 1:52 PM

Jonny Evans joins a growing list of injuries for West Brom as the Baggies continue to drop down the table.

When Evans departed against Swansea in mid-week with a hamstring injury, it was Craig Gardner who replaced him in the center of the Baggies' defense. With James Chester apparently lodged firmly in Tony Pulis' doghouse, it seems likely that Gardner will get at least a couple of starts with Evans on the sidelines. A trip to St. James' Park should provide a fairly easy re-entry into a starting role for Gardner.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 5 - 1:48 PM

West Brom could be without a key defender for a critical stretch in the race to avoid relegation after Jonny Evans limped off against Swansea City on Tuesday.

The former Manchester United defender was pulled from the 1-1 draw in the 53rd minute after suffering a hamstring injury. Assistant manager Dave Kemp said he expects Evans to miss some time after being assessed today: "He's got a bit of a slight hamstring strain. He'll have that scanned tomorrow to see the extent of that, hopefully its not too bad. I think his previous one kept him out for a couple of weeks so we'll hope for the best there. Everybody gets injuries but we've got some important players out right now." The club is already missing James Morrison and Chris Brunt as Evans looks set to join the list.
Feb 3 - 8:11 AM

Salomon Rondon scored two minutes into second half injury time to help West Brom earn a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

It was a bit of a yawner for the majority of the match, with the best chance for the Baggies coming in the 24th minute when Darren Fletcher had his header just tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski. Jonny Evans had to be removed in the second half with what looked to be a hamstring injury and will be assessed over the next couple of days. After Swansea grabbed the opener in the 64th minute, they nearly saw the game out, but a goalmouth scramble was put home by Rondon two minutes into stoppage time to save the day for West Brom, as a Swansea win would have seen them leapfrog the Baggies in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 5:24 PM

Tottenham have loaned young winger Alex Pritchard to West Bromwich Albion for the remainder of the season.

It is interesting that Spurs are willing to do business with the Baggies after attempts in two separate windows to land Saido Berahino have been dangled but West Brom refuse to strike a deal. The 22-year-old Pritchard has made only one league appearance this season for Tottenham, a six minute cameo against Everton back in Week 4. He is still coming back from an ankle injury that has sidelined him for a while but the latest reports have him being ready for action soon. West Brom are always looking for someone to help in the goal department, so Pritchard should be given a shot a pitch time at some point, but he is not someone to rush out and pick up in any fantasy formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 1 - 6:08 AM

In the never-ending saga that is the transfer rumors of Saido Berahino, Newcastle United have prepared a bid to land the West Brom forward.

If there is an award for Most Talked About Player to be Transferred over the past 8 months, it is surely Saido Berahino. Tottenham couldn't get a deal done for him over the summer and are still kicking the tires to come to terms with the Baggies. Now Newcastle have entered the fray and they are claiming they are willing to outbid Spurs for his services. Newcastle are on a veritable shopping spree in this window. It will be interesting to see how their side looks if they somehow add Berahino to the mix.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 31 - 9:35 AM

West Brom bolstered its midfield options with the signing of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sandro to a loan for the remainder of the season.

The 26-year-old has spent the last year-and-a-half at QPR after arriving from Tottenham, where he made 81 appearances for the club in four seasons. Last season for the Hoops, Sandro scored one goal in 17 Premier League appearances in a season marred by injury and controversy. The Brazilian missed the final weeks of the season after QPR reportedly forgot to renew the midfielder's work permit, leading to visa issues and false reports that he had been deported. But Sandro returned to play for the club in the Championship this season before Tony Pulis made a move prior to Week 23, when he should be eligible to make his debut.
Jan 30 - 6:53 PM

Saido Berahino netted a brace in West Brom's fourth round FA Cup tie against Peterborough but it was only good enough for a draw.

With Berahino reportedly not going anywhere in the January transfer window, Tony Pulis might as well start using him and getting goals and/or rebuilding what must be sagging value. Things are off to a good start with the brace against Peterborough even if it wasn't enough for a win. Pulis side faces a replay against the League One side in February at the ABAX Stadium.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 30 - 3:58 PM

West Brom have been dealt a major blow with the news that winger Callum McManaman will be sidelined for up-to six weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in training.

News of the setback comes shortly after the club confirmed that midfielder James Morrison could miss around two months having suffered a serious hamstring strain during the draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Despite the 24-year-old being limited to just two Premier League starts, McManaman remains an integral part of Tony Pulis’ plans and his loss will be worrying as the Baggies squad begins to look a little stretched. Darren Fletcher is managing a knee ligament problem while Chris Brunt is struggling to overcome a persistent calf issue. Saido Berahino could yet still move before the end of the transfer window and Salomon Rondon has suffered of late due to fatigue. West Brom are hoping to bring in Sandro on-loan as cover - from QPR - for the remainder of the campaign.
Jan 29 - 12:06 PM

Sources are reporting that West Brom is refusing to sell Saido Berahino to Spurs, Newcastle or anyone else during the January window.

Berahino's contract is running down and he's not playing much so it's hard to see how continuing to hold out on a sale is helping West Brom's financial cause. To make matters worse, during a season where they aren't doing well on the pitch they aren't benefiting from Berahino's talents on the pitch or from another player that they could buy with money from a sale. Assuming that they keep this posture there's no reason to think that Berahino's part-time status will change over the second half of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 28 - 12:07 PM

Ben Foster got his first start of the season in the Premier League and marked the occasion with a clean sheet over rivals Aston Villa.

It wasn't the three points that the Baggies would have wanted against the bottom team in the league but it was a strong return to league play for Ben Foster. The West Brom goalkeeper, returning from a long term knee injury, saved four Aston Villa shots to keep the clean sheet. The Baggies aren't playing particularly well so fantasy managers should beware when considering Foster.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 23 - 5:38 PM

Chris Brunt looks doubtful to overcome his calf injury as West Brom face off with local rivals Aston Villa at the Hawthorns in Week 23 action.

With James Morrison a longer term absentee (two months) and Brunt likely out as well the Baggies are likely to struggle to score. Stephane Sessegnon is likely to play a prominent role in filling the gap but he is historically a very up and down performer. It could well be a weekend to avoid the West Brom attack and invest in Aston Villa against what Tony Pulis described as a "threadbare" Baggies side.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 22 - 4:59 PM


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