Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Craig Dawson has been out since late October with a knee injury but could return in some capacity against Liverpool in Week 17 Premier League action.

It shouldn't be a huge surprise that West Brom has struggled mightily in the absence of Dawson who has been one of their stalwarts in the center of defense over his tenure at the club. The departure of Tony Pulis has likely shifted the tactical approach but regardless of the approach, the Baggies will be in better shape having Dawson to anchor the defense rather than deputy Allan Nyom. Given the length of layoff, expect Dawson to be eased back into the line-up. Perhaps a substitute appearance against Liverpool and then a start in Week 18 if all goes well.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 12 - 12:59 PM

Chris Brunt's calf injury has lingered longer than expected but he seems poised to return to the line-up for new manager Alan Pardew against Swansea on Saturday.

With Pardew bringing a more attack-minded approach to West Brom, it seems likely that a place will be make in the starting eleven for Brunt somewhere. Whether it be as a left back or farther forward, having his delivery, especially as a compliment to Salomon Rondon's power up front, is a logical approach. Assuming that he doesn't regress with his injury, it is a reasonable expectation that Brunt will start at the Liberty Stadium and have a better than average chance of being productive.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 8 - 1:38 PM

Matt Phillips missed out on West Brom's Week 15 match against Crystal Palace with a hamstring issue but could return for the trip to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

With Swansea struggling to score, Phillips would be a welcome addition to the Albion line-up as they look to improve their attack against an opponent who should be vulnerable. West Brom aren't favored on the road too often but they should be slight favorites in Wales and Phillips, should he play, could be in for a big day. There is clearly risk in making an irreversible decision on Phillips in a fantasy line-up but if you have the flexibility to add him in once you find out if he is starting then this is a week to get him in your line-up, especially in draft leagues.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 8 - 1:35 PM

West Bromwich Albion couldn't get the win, but the club earned another point with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace.

It has been some time since the Baggies, known for their stalwart defensive tactics, secured a clean sheet: a scoreless draw with West Ham in Gameweek 5 all the way back in September. By securing a point—its third straight draw—the club avoided dropping into the bottom three in Alan Pardew's first game in charge of the Midlands side, which came against his former team in Crystal Palace. The only downside for the side is the loss of Gareth Barry, who left the match in the 30th minute with injury, to be replaced by Claudio Yacob.
Source: NBC Sports
Dec 2 - 12:19 PM

Matt Phillips may not get a chance to continue his return to the line-up as a minor hamstring injury threatens his ability to feature against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

As new manager Alan Pardew faces off with the club that sacked him most recently, he may be without one or more key attackers as Matt Phillips, Nacer Chadli, and James Morrison are all questionable. Phillips picked up a hamstring issue in mid-week while Chadli and Morrison are recovering from missing multiple weeks and it isn't clear if they'll be ready to participate come Saturday. A home match against Crystal Palace should be a positive development for player production but the uncertainty around Albion attackers could minimize the positive impact.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 1 - 12:53 PM

Kieran Gibbs has been ruled questionable for Saturday's match against Crystal Palace with a thigh complaint.

The song remains the same for Kieran Gibbs. His talent was rarely questioned at Arsenal but his ability to stay free of soft tissue injuries has. The injury bug that plagued his career at Arsenal has followed him to the Hawthorns and looks like it might keep him out of Week 15 action. Chris Brunt is healthy and seems likely to take Gibbs' spot if he can't recover in time.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 1 - 12:48 PM

Johnny Evans' own goal in the second half completed a two goal Newcastle comeback and yielded an unsatisfying draw.

West Brom will certainly see dropping a two goal lead a two points lost. Playing at home with a two goal lead in the second half should end in victory. Second half goals from Ciaran Clark and then the OG from Evans balanced out goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field.
Source: Espnfc.com
Nov 28 - 4:55 PM

Chris Brunt missed out on the weekend draw with Spurs at Wembley and will again be questionable as West Brom welcome Newcastle to the Hawthorns.

Between Brunt's fitness and the presence of an interim manager in Gary Megson, it isn't clear what role Brunt would play if he were entirely healthy. Given that he's not a sure thing to start, any decisions about his likely role should be decided on with a great deal of caution. If he does pass his fitness test, it seems likely that he will start out on the bench given the uncertainty. If you are facing a fantasy deadline before line-ups are announced then err on the side of excluding Brunt from your line-up.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 28 - 10:46 AM

An early goal by Salomon Rondon and a solid defensive display allowed West Bromwich Albion to earn a tough point at Tottenham in a 1-1 final.

It was a dream scenario for new Baggies manager Gary Megson, as West Brom would open the scoring in the fourth minute. Jake Livermore dispossessed Dele Alli near the center circle and quickly found Rondon, who was able to shrug off a defender and his shot sneaked inside the far post. The Baggies then dug in their heels, fending off crosses and keeping Tottenham from getting good looks at the goal while playing a conservative attack to prevent Spurs from hurting them on a counter. Eventually, Spurs managed to break through in the final 15 minutes, but West Brom did well to keep it level at the final whistle. Rondon's goal was just his second this season and he missed a chance in stoppage time to win it, so the usually-disappointing fantasy option is not likely about to start a bandwagon just yet.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 25 - 12:10 PM

James Morrison has been missing in recent weeks with an Achilles issue and while he's close he won't be ready for the trip tok Spurs

One wonders if West Brom's attacking plasyers like Morrison will get more of a chance with new management in place. It won't happen in Week 13 with Morrison and Nacer Chadli both still out but all should be aware that playing time assumptions will have to be reevaluated at the Hawthorns going forward.
Source: Wbafc.co.uk
Nov 24 - 11:49 AM

Week 13 will come too soon for Nacer Chadli as he recovers from his hip injury.

Interim manager Gary Megson confirmed that Nacer Chadli will miss Albion's Week 13 match on Saturday at Wembley. It's hard to know what to expect from the Baggies after Tony Pulis' dismissal but a result aga inst Spurs seems unlikely.
Source: Wbafc.co.uk
Nov 24 - 11:44 AM

Tony Pulis has been sacked as the manager of West Bromwich Albion effective immediately after a run of poor results to end last season and start this campaign.

Funny how expectations change. West Brom were the poster club when it came to the "yo-yo" approach to promotion and safety. Albion purposely invested frugally over a couple of one-year trips to the Premier League putting the finances and structure in place to eventually settle in in the top flight. That goal achieved, the notion of playing dull football and just getting by was no longer enough and so survival master Tony Pulis was sacked as the season started looking like a fight for survival rather than a push forward to mid-table. It was a reasonable decision given that Pulis has been spending on players who should have the club moving toward mid-table safety. Gary Megson will replace Pulis on an interim basis until a full-time replacement is found.
Nov 20 - 2:46 PM

Tony Pulis rumors will gain even more steam after Chelsea came to the Hawthorns and thrashed West Brom 4-0 with Albion barely putting up a fight.

The rumor mill surrounding the track-suited manager was already swirling after a string of poor results. This is bound to increase not only because Albion lost to Chelsea but based on the manner in which they lost. This wasn't the tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoners Tony Pulis side that we have grown accustomed to watching over the years but one that seemed content to be swept aside by superior talent. If they had lost a hard-fought 1-0 decision where they defended hard and gave everything for the cause then Pulis could be excused based on the talent gap. Instead, Albion turned in another performance that makes it look like Pulis has either tired of his uncompromising style or lost this group of players and their desire to put forth the effort his style demands. Either way, it will be a noisy week in the gossip pages as Pulis' fate is decided.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 18 - 12:05 PM

Nacer Chadli will definitely miss the Week 12 visit of Chelsea and fears in the West Brom camp are that he could miss a number of weeks beyond that.

Chadli returned to the starting line-up in mid-October after an injury kept him from starting the season in contention for playing time. His return to the line-up was short-lived as he has now been felled by a hip injury that threatens to keep him out for multiple weeks. The injury will likely mean more time for one or both of Salomon Rondon or Matthew Phillips. With Chelsea the opponent in Week 12, expect Tony Pulis to go even more defensive than usual with his line-up so expect only one of the two attackers this time out with Rondon probably favored for his ability as a target man holding up play as Albion's many center backs hoof clearances up the field looking for relief from Chelsea attacks.
Source: espnfc.com
Nov 17 - 8:40 PM

James Morrison has been ruled out for around 4-6 weeks after going under the knife to remedy a persistent Achilles problem.

Following his recovery from a knee ligament injury in the summer, Morrison has struggled due to an ongoing Achilles issue which has limited the midfielder to only two league starts this term. Prior to the international break, Tony Pulis was optimistic that the Baggies stalwart could return in November, however, Director of Performance Mark Gillett confirmed that despite making "some progress" in recent weeks, the club felt "the time was right to get him ready for the [busy] Christmas period." Morrison travelled to Portugal and the procedure was carried out successfully by a Dutch surgeon last Thursday. The initial results look positive and Morrison "will now be working hard to ensure he is back to full fitness" in hope of being ready for the visit of Everton on Boxing Day.
Nov 15 - 8:23 AM



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