Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Leicester City are considering a second bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans after their initial £10 million offer was rejected.

Leicester City are reportedly focusing their efforts on Evans after becoming frustrated with Middlesbrough's £20million valuation of Ben Gibson, with manager Craig Shakespeare keen to add another defender following the signing of Hull City's Harry Maguire for a fee in the region of £17million. It's understood Shakespeare is happy to launch an improved bid for the former Manchester United defender, but it is unclear whether or not the new fee will be high enough to sway West Brom into selling him. Evans has been ever-present at the heart of West Brom's defense since swapping Old Trafford for the Hawthorns in August 2015, and this past season was a vital part of the club's most successful term under Tony Pulis. The 29-year-old made 31 leagues appearances as the Baggies finished 10th in the table and 9th in goal difference.
Source: The Sun
Jun 19 - 7:39 PM

James Morrison looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after tests confirm he damaged medial knee ligaments at Hampden Park Saturday.

The West Bromwich Albion midfielder managed to see out the first half of the World Cup qualifier against England after picking up the injury during the opening minutes of the 2-2 draw. Morrison was on the receiving end of a Kyle Walker tackle, and played through the pain-barrier, before Gordon Strachan introduced James McArthur at the break. Tony Pulis is already in the market for midfielder having lost captain Darren Fletcher to Stoke City, and the Baggies boss will be hoping Morrison can recover in time for the start of pre-season which begins in July. West Brom have been linked with Tom Huddlestone, from relegated club Hull City in recent weeks, and this latest setback may prompt Pulis to step up his search to bolster his options going into 2017/18.
Jun 12 - 12:59 PM

West Bromwich Albion has been in terrible form and it continued in their final match of the season today as they took a 0-1 advantage late into the match with Swansea City, only to lose 2-1.

West Brom end the season going winless in their final twelve league games, collecting just two points over that span. Today, it looked as though they might end on a positive note, as Jonny Evans got them out in front, heading home a Darren Fletcher corner in the 33rd minute. Swansea were able to battle back and score twice in the final twenty minutes to win it though, as the Baggies failed to keep up whatever motivation they had left. They still finish the season in the top half of the table, only just.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 12:14 PM

Gareth McAuley is likely to return to the Albion starting line-up for the finale against Swansea after missing out against Manchester City.

McAuley seems to be getting better with age. At 37-years-old, the West Brom center back started 36 Premier League matches (with a chance for 37 on Sunday) and seems to be thriving in Tony Pulis' defense-first system despite his age. With Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson both younger it may be that McAuley starts to be phased out in favor of younger players soon but based on what we saw this season he still has something significant to offer and he'll have a chance to show that off one more time after recovering from a thigh injury that kept him out of Albion's trip to the Etihad.
Source: BBC Sport
May 19 - 10:49 AM

Salomon Rondon looks likely to overcome his hamstring injury to participate in West Brom's season finale at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City.

Rondon has come on relatively strong after returning to the starting line-up down the stretch. He is never likely to be a prolific goal-scorer but he looked more like a 12-15 goal type in recent weeks as opposed to the massive slump that saw him benched for Hal Robson-Kanu in April. Regardless of how Rondon finishes the season it seems likely that Tony Pulis will be on the market for a forward this summer.
Source: BBC Sport
May 19 - 10:41 AM

West Bromwich Albion confirmed that midfielder Craig Gardner has turned his loan at Birmingham City into a permanent deal.

In a matter of months, Gardner went from signing a new two-year contract at West Brom to joining Birmingham City on loan to leaving one for the other altogether. The veteran midfielder joined Birmingham City in January for the second time in his career and went on to make 20 appearances for the Championship side and helped the club avoid relegation. On July 1, Gardner will officially join the club on a three-year deal, ending his three-year association with the Baggies.
Source: Sky Sports
May 18 - 5:36 PM

Tony Pulis is hoping Salomon Rondon can shake off a suspected hamstring injury in time for the trip to Swansea on Sunday.

The Baggies boss replaced Rondon as a precaution on Tuesday night with 19 minutes remaining and is optimistic that he can be fit for the season finale. "Salomon looked as though he’d hurt his hamstring," Pulis said. "He went in for a challenge and I didn’t want to take any risks with him. I just wanted to keep him for Sunday. I think he’ll be alright hopefully." The substitution saw the South American replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu, himself struggling with an ongoing muscular issue, and the Wales international was on hand to nip in front of John Stones to convert Allan Nyom’s cross. West Brom will be looking to end their campaign on a high having taken just five-points since the beginning of March.
May 17 - 1:13 PM

West Brom's recent winless streak was extended to eight league matches with a 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Tuesday.

Springtime has not been good to the Baggies, who have not won a Premier League match since the middle of March. They have only scored four goals during the streak, one of which came in the final stages of a game that was long over. Hal Robson-Kanu came off the bench to fire in a cross from Allan Nyom in the 87th minute to pull one goal back. But City had already scored three goals, including two in three minutes in the first half, to put West Brom's top-10 standing in jeopardy heading into the final weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
May 16 - 5:12 PM

Nacer Chadli had a golden opportunity to put West Brom up and delay Chelsea's championship celebration but he dragged his shot wide and Chelsea scored not long after to win 1-0 and secure the 2016-17 Premier League title.

West Brom gave more than a good accounting of themselves on the day. The Baggies didn't dominate any statistical category but the chances they had were good ones and while they limited the Champions elect to some fairly soft chances. That all changed in the 82nd minute when a scramble in the box saw Cesar Azpilicueta slide the ball to Michy Batshuayi running wide open in front of goal. Ben Foster made contact but couldn't keep the effort out and that was the difference as Chelsea took all three points and the league title home to Stamford Bridge.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 5:04 PM

Hal Robson-Kanu, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, will be available for Tony Pulis against Chelsea on Friday.

While the news is that Robson-Kanu will be available to Tony Pulis in Week 37, the implication is that he will be coming off the bench as a reserve if he participates against the Blues at all. For fantasy managers contemplating who to start against Chelsea, it is probably better to avoid West Brom altogether given the opposition but if you go in that direction, Salomon Rondon is the likely starter and better choice.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 11:34 AM

Matt Phillips is once again ruled out for West Brom's Week 37 match-up with Chelsea that may well decide the title.

Phillips has gone quickly from being an excellent acquisition to being a big question mark heading into the summer. A regular starter through early February who contributed four goals and eight assists, Phillips has only participated in three matches since the 11th of February and in only one of those did he complete the entire 90 minutes. Tony Pulis and the Albion medical team will have to determine the extent to which this was just bad luck or if there is something significantly wrong with Phillips' hamstring that will see his injury issues continue into next season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 12 - 11:31 AM

Jonny Evans faces a race against time to be fit for Fridays encounter against the would-be Champions Chelsea.

The Baggies defender suffered an ankle knock during the first half of last weekend’s game at Burnley, and despite his best efforts to continue, Evans was forced off before the hour mark. "It’s a massive game next Friday, so we need Jonny fit," Pulis said. "He’s a top player at this level so hopefully we can get him patched up and get him playing against Chelsea. We looked at him at half-time, he wanted to give it a couple of minutes. He was disappointed being brought off so that shows his character." If the 29-year-old does miss out, then Tony Pulis can call on Allan Nyom with former Bournemouth and Stoke defender Marc Wilson, who made his debut at Turf Moor, switching to centre-back.
May 9 - 5:04 AM

Salomon Rondon scored his first league goal since mid-December as West Bromwich Albion would turn a 1-0 deficit into a 1-2 lead, only to capitulate late and settle for a 2-2 draw with Burnley.

West Brom were long overdue for a positive result, not having won since March and not having earned a point since April 1. Today, they earned a point, but in bittersweet fashion. Turf Moor has been a tough place for visiting clubs to score but the Baggies were fortunate to catch the Clarets in a week where they were without their anchor in defense, Michael Keane. West Brom would then allow Burnley to go ahead shortly before the hour mark. They would equalize ten minutes later though, when Rondon collected the ball and made a sharp turn before blazing the ball past Tom Heaton, scoring his first goal since his hat trick twenty gameweeks ago against Swansea. Craig Dawson would then scored with his head from a Chris Brunt set piece, going in via deflection to take the lead with 12 minutes to go. Burnley would find a way to level late on though, as the Baggies remain locked in eighth position in the table.
Source: NBC Sports
May 6 - 12:17 PM

Salomon Rondon will return to the West Brom starting line-up due to a hamstring injury suffered by his replacement Hal Robson-Kanu.

The question for Rondon is whether he can show Tony Pulis enough while Robson-Kanu is injured to earn another crack at the starting job. To the eye, Rondon looks like the ideal Pulis forward. Big, powerful and aggressive is how Pulis likes his center forwards and Rondon brings all of those traits. What he hasn't brought much of, especially in the second half of the season, is goals. With forward a frequently rumored target for the summer, this may be Rondon's last chance to keep his starting place heading into next season.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:47 AM

Hal Robson-Kanu, a starter recently due to Salomon Rondon's poor form, will miss Week 34 after injuring his hamstring early this week in training.

It was a week for hamstring injuries in the Midlands as West Brom lost both Matt Phillips and Hal Robson-Kanu in training on Tuesday, both to hamstring issues. While Robson-Kanu hasn't been prolific since coming in on a free transfer over the summer, he has been starting recently. Salomon Rondon, whose own poor form led to his benching, will return to the starting line-up for Robson-Kanu and will hope he can reclaim his place as the starter heading into the summer with strong work down the stretch.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 28 - 10:44 AM



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