Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Disappointing forward Brown Ideye has departed West Brom a year after he arrived having provided very little in-between.

Consider this a panic buy last season as the club struggled to replace Romelu Lukaku for the second straight summer. They over-spent on the Russian League refugee and everyone, except the Baggies' braintrust, thought it was a bad idea at the time and thought no better of it after he arrived. Ideye had a brief positive spell that coincided with the arrival of Tony Pulis but that was about all the highlights. He departs the Premier League for Greece likely netting the Baggies a significant loss in the process.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 31 - 2:51 PM

West Brom have signed goalkeeper Anders Lindegaards on a two-year-old.

The Manchester United goalkeeper never had a chance at winning the Red Devils' starting goalkeeper job and he will join West Brom, where he'll battle with Boaz Myhill and Ben Foster for the starting job. Foster is currently out with an injury and Myhill hasn't impressed enough to be guaranteed the job, so Lindegaard certainly has a chance to start as soon as week five. Keep an eye on the situation before you add him in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 31 - 2:44 PM

Salomon Rondon scored and Stoke City had two men sent off as Tony Pulis led his Baggies to victory at his old Stoke City stomping grounds.

That the Baggies weren't more prolific given that they were two men up for a significant chunk of the first half and all of the second half is a bit disappointing. What will be less disappointing is leaving the Britannia with three points against Tony Pulis' former club. Rondon's strike was quality regardless of the number of Potters still on the pitch and the Baggies head toward the transfer deadline with a little momentum hoping that they will retain Saido Berahino in addition to picking up the win this week.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 29 - 11:57 AM

Chris Brunt injured his hamstring against Port Vale in the League Cup in mid-week and had to be substituted. He remains a significant doubt for Saturday's match against Stoke City.

Brunt, probably still somewhat angry after James Morrison bullied his way into taking a penalty against Chelsea and subsequently missing it, may have to wait for a more satisfying league outing. His hamstring complaint seems likely to force him out of this week's trip to the Britannia to face Stoke City. Brunt's absence would open up an opportunity for another Baggies player (McManaman?) to take kicks and corners and even a penalty if one were to be awarded. Let's hope it isn't Morrison who gets that spot if the need arises.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:17 PM

West Brom, for the second time in a week, have issued an official statement indicating that it is their intention to keep Saido Berahino despite strong interest from Tottenham.

Berahino was held out of West Brom's loss to Chelsea yesterday leading to speculation that a move was at hand. The club put that notion to rest today with a statement that they intend to keep the player despite a transfer request as well as at least one offer from Spurs if not more. It seems likely that we have not heard the last of this despite the strong language used by the club today. It's hard to imagine that Berahino won't start September as a Spurs player.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 24 - 11:25 AM

James Morrison scored twice for West Bromwich Albion but the Baggies fell short in their comeback attempt in a 2-3 loss to Chelsea.

It was nearly a hat trick on the day for Morrison, who stepped up early when the match was still goalless for a penalty chance, but he had his attempt denied by Thibault Courtois. Chelsea would then score twice to take a commanding advantage by the half-hour mark, but the Baggies were not done. Morrison was set up beautifully by Salomon Rondon, who sent a bicycle-style cross that the Scottish international slotted home. Then, in the second half, a Callum McManaman cross was sent toward Morrison in the area, and with his back to goal, flicked on a blind header perfectly into the top corner of goal. While they came up short in their bid to get a result, there is still some positive takeaways for West Brom. Rondon looks to be an aerial menace and general threat up top, and Morrison is clearly in form right now. This may help ease the burden of the possible loss of Saido Berahino, who was left out of today's squad in a potential sign of his departure.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 23 - 10:52 AM

West Brom have indicated via Twitter that they have rejected a bid for Saido Berahino from Tottenham.

Despite laying out a substantial amount of cash in transfer fees and wages for Rickie Lambert and Salomon Rondon so far this transfer window, West Brom don't seem particularly inclined to sell Saido Berahino to Tottenham. Whether this is just posturing to drive up the price for something Spurs need rather badly or a sincere attempt to keep Berahino for another season isn't clear but Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace seems to be playing Daniel Levy's game against him and driving negotiations, if there are any, in his own favor.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 18 - 11:36 AM

The West Brom attack still needs a lot of work but at least the back line reverted to form with a clean sheet in their second match of the season.

The nil-nil draw at Vicarage Road against Watford wasn't quite as dreary as the scoreline would have you believe. Watford enjoyed the majority of possession and were attacking frequently. In true Tony Pulis fashion though, the Baggies bunkered down and held the Hornets out of the goal. The surprise of the day was that Joleon Lescott and James Chester were both held in reserve as Tony Pulis maintained what looked to be a 3-5-2 for the second straight week.
Aug 15 - 12:39 PM

With the recent transfer of Roberto Soldado to Villareal, Tottenham are gearing up for a much needed addition to their strike force.

With Emmanuel Adebayor already deemed "not in the plans" of Mauricio Pochettino, the time is now to start shopping with the exit of Soldado. Spurs will likely go another match with Harry Kane as the only true striker in the squad. Long-rumored target Saido Berahino may be a lock to leave for White Hart Lane now that West Brom have broken the bank this summer on Rickie Lambert, and now Salomon Rondon. Also in the mix, is Lyon's Clinton Njié, who is reportedly already in the process of taking a medical. Both young stars have the ability to play out wide or partner Kane up top, so times could become exciting very quickly for Spurs.
Aug 14 - 2:10 PM

Gareth McAuley will be available for Week 2 after missing the Baggies' Week 1 loss at the hands of Manchester City.

It appeared that Tony Pulis went with a 3-5-2 in Week 1 with Chris Brunt and James McClean playing the wing back roles. Whether this was a makeshift line-up due to McAuley's absence or a change in strategy is something we'll find out now that McAuley is available again. Either way, the back line is dangerously thin with McAuley and Jonas Olsson the only two recognized defenders who didn't start last week. If Pulis goes back to the four center back alignment he favored for most of last season then Olsson is really his only reserve.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 14 - 11:29 AM

It's hardly definitive but Tony Pulis will probably try to get at least some look at record signing Salomon Rondon against Watford this week.

The news coming out of West Brom's press conference was hardly enough to make a line-up decision based on. Rondon may or may not be fit enough to start for Pulis' side. Between this uncertainty and the overall uncertainty of Rondon's quality, it is probably worth waiting for a week before diving in. My best guess would be that Rondon will debut from the bench.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 14 - 11:22 AM

Loanee Serge Gnabry has settled in with the Baggies and will be available and pushing to make his debut against Watford at Vicarage Road this weekend.

With Saido Berahino still a member of the Baggies, it seems unlikely that Gnabry would get a start in Week 2. He is coming off a long injury layoff and Tony Pulis has Berahino and others to fill the "small" attacking slots for which Gnabry seems destined. Gnabry may get some time from the bench to help him get ready should Berahino leave for Spurs. In leagues with deep benches Gnabry is a solid option to stash for later in the season but for Week 2 he's probably not a high value player for your starting eleven or even your bench.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 14 - 11:14 AM

Craig Dawson was once again at the center of an early play that gave Manchester City a lead on the way to an easy victory.

Late last season it was Dawson's foul that saw Gareth McAuley mistakenly sent off that spurred Manchester City on to a blowout win. This time around it was Dawson and David Silva conspiring to allow a Yaya Toure shot from outside the box to trickle in in the early going. City got better goals from Toure again and Vincent Kompany on their way to a routine victory at the Hawthorns. If you could short sell a player then Craig Dawson against City is one you'd short when this fixture comes around at the Etihad in the second half of the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 10 - 5:20 PM

Tony Pulis continued to put together a bruising front line with the acquisition of Salomon Rondon from Zenit on Monday.

If Saido Berahino is indeed going to head off to Spurs before the transfer window slams shut in a few weeks, Rondon isn't exactly a like-for-like trade. The 6'3" forward who has been playing in Russia since 2012 is another bruiser more akin to Brown Ideye, Victor Anichebe and Rickie Lambert. We know that a bruising front line is Pulis' MO but if Berahino goes then he'll be left without a Plan B of any sort. The other concern here is that Rondon hasn't been prolific in the decidedly second tier Russian league. 33 goals over three seasons isn't great even if 20 of them came last season.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 10 - 12:49 PM

Joleon Lescott may miss out on West Brom's Week 1 match-up against Manchester City with an undisclosed injury.

The former Everton and Manchester City center back missed training twice over the past week and his availability for Monday is far from certain. With newly arrived James Chester looking to make his debut, we may see a back four of Chester, McAuley, Dawson and Olsson to start the season. The Baggies will be happy that City will be missing some of their key players as well as a Sergio Aguero-led attack could easily overwhelm a Baggies defense without their best defender from last season.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 7 - 2:13 PM


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