West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Tony Pulis is reportedly looking for a new front man and may have found that man in the form of former Newcastle and Chelsea forward Demba Ba.

With the Premier League's new TV deal set to make previously excessive pay packages very affordable for mid-table clubs, you probably shouldn't bat an eyelash at the rumor that the Baggies are prepared to offer Demba Ba a £70,000-a-week contract to leave Besiktas and return to the Premier League. Ba would be an ideal partner for Saido Berahino if he stays with the two offering a nice combination of speed, skill and strength.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 24 - 9:07 AM

Tony Pulis has nabbed his second Wigan winger in as many transfer windows with the acquisition of James McClean from the Latics on a three year deal with a club option for a fourth.

Tony Pulis must have thought highly of Wigan's wide play over the last couple of years because he has now imported a former Latic for each wing with McClean joining Callum McManaman at the Hawthorns. The former Sunderland left-sided midfielder enjoyed some success in the Premier League before dipping down to the Championship with Wigan. He scored 11 goals in 70 appearances for the Black Cats and 9 in 73 for Wigan. No word on how, if at all, this impacts Pulis' rumored interest in QPR's Matt Phillips.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 22 - 3:18 PM

Injury has forced Saido Berahino out of this summer’s Under-21 European Championships after the West Brom striker picked up a knee problem in training on Wednesday.

A scan confirmed Berahino had damaged his knee although the results - at this stage - have not been released and the player will return to the Hawthorns for further tests. Performance director Dr Mark Gillett is hopeful the injury is "not too serious." His absence is likely to mean Harry Kane and Danny Ings lead the Three Lions front line with former Arsenal striker Benik Afobe called up as his replacement. John Stones will also miss the opening game against Portugal following an accidental training ground collision with Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland which left the Everton defender suffering from concussion.
Source: ESPNFC.co.uk
Jun 18 - 10:53 AM

Tony Pulis is targeting his second Wigan player this year with the Republic of Ireland winger James McClean believed to be on his way to the Hawthorns.

Pulis made Callum McManaman his first Baggies’ signing back in January - $7 million – and now McClean looks set to join his former team mate after the two sides agreed a deal believed to be in the region of $2 million. McClean does have BPL experience enjoying 2-years on Wearside, the Irishman won Player of the Year for Sunderland during his first season under Martin O’Neill but his relationship with the club soon soured following his refusal to wear a poppy [on his shirt] during remembrance weekend back in April 2013 – the only player in England to do so. The final straw came with the arrival of new coach Paolo Di Canio whom McClean described as a "dictator" and the player pushed through a $3.5 million move to the Latics at the beginning of the 2013/14 season.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
Jun 17 - 5:20 AM

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster will continue his recovery from a ruptured ACL by taking part in a charity cycle ride from London to Paris, a 500km route spread over 4-days.

Foster has been sidelined since mid-March after damaging knee ligaments during the home win over Stoke and the England stopper is hoping to make a return in October later this year. No stranger to the treatment room this is the third time Foster has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and biking provides the ideal non-weight bearing exercise during rehab. In his absence Boaz Myhill kept 3-clean sheets helping the Baggies to retain their BPL status while earning himself a 12-month contract extension. Youssouf Mulumbu, Chris Baird and Jason Davidson have all been released while Tony Pulis has begun negotiations with Gareth McAuley and Claudio Yacob.
Source: BBC Sport
May 28 - 5:45 AM

Boaz Myhill and Claudio Yacob have both been retained by West Brom for the 2015-16 season when the club exercised one year options on each player.

Myhill may be a critical player early next season as Ben Foster is unlikely to be ready to return to action until late-September or early-October. Myhill played well down the stretch this season deputizing for Foster after his injury and earned the extension. Yacob didn't start a lot early in the season but he was far more prominent under Tony Pulis and should be in the midst of his prime at age 27. Both moves seemed fairly obvious given how important both players were late in the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 10:57 AM

Gareth McAuley scored a consolation goal as West Brom lost to Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates on the final day of the season.

It didn't mean much to either side but only West Brom played like it. Arsenal, powered by returning stars Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, scored four in the first half to end the tie. McAuley scored a consolation goal to keep it from being too embarrassing in the end.
May 24 - 12:08 PM

Tony Pulis will be missing only Ben Foster as his team heads to the Emirates for the final match of the 2014-15 season.

Coming down the stretch, West Brom has shown well and part of the credit should go to the training staff who have helped the team stay largely healthy even as the season has worn on. Aside from the Ben Foster ACL injury, they have nursed Saido Berahino, Brown Ideye and others who have had niggling injuries through those issues while allowing them to feature more often than not. Even Victor Anichebe is healthy for the finale which is saying something.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:18 AM

Chelsea were embarrassed by West Brom today as they lost 3-0.

West Brom came to play and it was quite obvious Chelsea were already in celebration mode today as they've already wrapped up the title. Cesc Fabregas got himself sent off in the first half for a stupid decision that you can read more about in the link below. Sadio Berahino scored twice and Chris Brunt added the last for West Brom as they finish off their season on a high note with a huge in in their second to last game. Chelsea will try to rebound from this and give their fans a good last match of the season as they bring the title to Stamford Bridge.
May 18 - 5:08 PM

Boaz Myhill finally let in a goal after four straight clean sheets as West Brom drew 1-1 with Newcastle at St James' Park in Week 36 action.

It was a fairy tale run for Boaz Myhill that came to an end at the hands, or feet, of Ayoze Perez. Myhill still came up with three saves but it wasn't enough to keep a clean sheet or get his team the win. As a result, Myhill's performance suffered significantly in most fantasy formats. With Chelsea and Arsenal representing the Baggies' final two opponents, it might be time to jump off the Myhill and West Brom bandwagon for the balance of the season.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 10:45 AM

West Brom couldn't snag a late win at St. James' Park but Saido Berahino played well in a reserve role as he tried to make it happen.

Saido Berahino has had an interesting season between a fast start, legal issues and spotting playing time late in the season. He has been forced to embrace the role of instant offense off the bench recently with Tony Pulis fielding either Brown Ideye or Victor Anichebe as a lone forward in the starting line-up. Exactly what the impact of his uneven playing time will be on his desirability as a summer transfer target isn't clear. The other thing that isn't clear is exactly how interested Tony Pulis will be in keeping the England youth international.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 10:39 AM

Victor Anichebe scored from a corner to put West Brom ahead 1-0 at St. James' Park but the Baggies couldn't make it hold up as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Victor Anichebe started the match as a lone attacker with West Brom content to play a conservative line-up featuring four center backs and two holding midfielders. The tactic paid off in the first half as they absorbed Newcastle's pressure and stole a goal from Victor Anichebe against the run of play. The second half wasn't as kind with Ayoze Perez scoring a pretty goal through traffic to even the affair. There were chances both way to win the match but none found their way through and the match ended 1-1.
Source: espnfc.com
May 9 - 12:53 PM

Joleon Lescott's career looked a bit lost heading into the summer but a move to West Brom has re-established him as an above-average Premier League center back and fantasy contributor.

The former Everton man made a big money move to the Etihad and was found wanting and wondering what would come next. After a summer when a lot of clubs were linked with his signature, he moved to West Brom. It started slowly as his body re-adjusted to actually playing competitive football but it has ended well with Lescott featuring at the center of a Tony Pulis defense that has pulled off three consecutive clean sheets. Lescott has been Albion's biggest fantasy contributor over the course of the season in most formats that reward secondary statistics like tackles, blocked shots and passes intercepted. It's hard to imagine he'll be as big a bargain again next season regardless of format.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 7 - 10:10 AM

Jonas Olsson didn't know much about his match-winning goal at Old Trafford but he was good in defense and scored big for any fantasy managers who picked him up.

Joleon Lescott and Craig Dawson have been solid fantasy assets for much of the season and especially since Tony Pulis arrived but Jonas Olsson showed his value in his return from injury at Old Trafford. It's been since September that Olsson played a competitive match but he certainly returned in style with an (unexpected) match-winning goal, a clean sheet, two blocked shots, three shots on target, and a tackle won. It's going to be hard to follow up that performance but if anyone is going to provide a platform that will allow that to happen, it's Week 36 opponent Newcastle.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 7 - 10:05 AM

West Brom defeated Manchester United 0-1 at Old Trafford through a Jonal Olsson goal.

The return of van Persie wasn't enough for Manchester as they couldn't find the back of the net against West Brom. Jonas Olsson's second half goal secured three very important points for the Baggies as they looked solid throughout the entire match and were able to hold off United late. The Red Devils had a 26-6 shot advantage including a 9-3 shot on target advantage, but they failed to make West Brom pay with some poor finishing and a great performance from goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. The Baggies are now seven points in front of the relegation zone and can relax a bit for the remainder of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 2 - 2:29 PM



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