West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

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Just a couple of hours after signing with West Bromwich Albion, Rickie Lambert was given a start in their friendly with Bristol Rovers and promptly scored two goals as the Baggies would win, 0-4.

How is that for a splash? Lambert's time at Anfield left little to keep in our memory banks but he reminds us immediately with his arrival to West Brom just how much he likes to score. Keep in mind it was only two seasons ago that he scored double digit goals and assists in league play, not a single player achieved that feat last season. This is still a Tony Pulis side that will make defending their top priority, but the two-headed monster of Lambert and Saido Berahino up top could make the Baggies an attack worth investing in. Lambert's presence can only give more value to providers like Chris Brunt as well. James Chester also made his debut, playing right back in an XI that looked like the one Pulis may roll with in Week 1. Craig Gardner and Victor Anichebe provided the other goals on what was a very positive day for WBA.

West Bromwich Albion have signed Rickie Lambert from Liverpool on a two-year deal.

Lambert went from great redemption story at Southampton two seasons ago to feel-good story of last summer when he went to boyhood club Liverpool to massive disappointment after a poor season after arriving at Anfield. He will have a chance to change the narrative at West Brom who are in desperate need of a target man to front Tony Pulis' battering ram style of play. Victor Anichebe could be that guy but he's frequently injured and Brown Ideye is hardly proven. Lambert could step in and be the starter if he proves he's fit and that last season was just a poor fit between player and playing style.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 31 - 12:51 PM

Welsh defender James Chester has moved to West Brom on a permanent deal after his Hull City side were relegated to the Championship.

Hull City had done a lot of buying for a club now located in the Championship. West Brom was looking very thin at all position groups with the season approaching rapidly. James Chester's move to the Hawthorns solves a problem for both with Hull City cutting the wage bill and gaining a fee for the player. Tony Pulis gets a starting center back for a formation that featured four center backs for much of his time at the club. Assuming Chester starts he is a great acquisition in almost all formats given Pulis' propensity to pile up clean sheets with a tough tackling defense.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 29 - 3:43 PM

West Bromwich Albion have signed defender James Chester for fee believed to be in the region of $13 million from Championship side Hull City.

Chester becomes the second major Baggies’ signing this summer and the second James having already picked up winger - McClean – from Wigan Athletic. Chester was a standout performer for the Tigers’ last season during a miserable PL campaign which saw Hull relegated to the second tier of English football and with only one year remaining on his contract – plus a desire to return to the top flight – the defender attracted interest from a number of clubs. Chester signs a 4 year deal and is worth some serious fantasy consideration given how his manager – Tony Pulis - was once described as the "best defensive coach in the country."
Jul 29 - 12:57 PM

James Morrison scored the opener and the third and was joined by Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon as West Brom cruised to a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday in pre-season action.

The only downside for Albion on the afternoon was the fact that Gareth McAuley went off before the half with an injury. With Jonas Olsson and Craig Dawson not dressed, Tony Pulis had to go deep into his pool of reserves to bring on Liam O'Neil in the 42nd minute. For a club that is likely to predicate everything it does on the stoutness of it's defense, even a mild pre-season worry about the central defense is something to worry about.
Source: WBA.co.uk
Jul 25 - 12:39 PM

WBA starters v STFC: Myhill; Gardner, McAuley, Lescott, Brunt; McClean, Fletcher ©, Morrison, McManaman; Anichebe, Berahino #wba #COYB

Hard to know exactly what's going on here with the match not available on US television. This line-up features six guys who typically play in midfield and only two recognized defenders in Lescott and McAuley. Dawson and Olsson are missing from the bench as well so it might be nothing more than rest or minor knocks causing an odd pre-season line-up.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 25 - 9:48 AM

Brown Ideye scored a late strike to give West Brom a 2-1 win over the Richmond Kickers.

It was quite an easy matchup for West Brom but they struggled to dominate the match and Richmond were in it until the last minute. James McClean opened the scoring for WBA but Richmond stayed in the match and were able to equalize in the 84th minute. Brown Ideye then won it for The Baggies with an 88th minute header. It's worth noting Ideye's goal came against goalkeeper Andrew Romig, who was making his professional debut. If West Brom don't improve, they will be in danger of getting relegated this season.
Source: NBC12
Jul 20 - 12:29 AM

West Brom made it 2 pre-season wins from three as last seasons’ top scorer Saido Berahino marked his return from injury with a goal before Brown Ideye grabbed the winner with less than 10 minutes to go.

Berahino was making his first appearance since May having picked up a knee ligament problem while training with England under-21s and his return from injury could spark a flurry of transfer interest. The Baggies’ face a struggle to hold onto their prize asset with a number of potential suitors willing to splash the cash on the 21 year-old although Tottenham are believed to be leading the chase. To lose Berahino at this stage of the season would be a hammer blow for West Brom who look a little lightweight upfront. Victor Anichebe is an ongoing fitness concern while the indifferent form of Brown Ideye will force Tony Pulis to look for at least 1 possibly 2 replacements.
Jul 18 - 5:43 AM

West Brom have been boosted by the news that Saido Berahino will travel with the squad on their tour of the US suggesting the striker is on schedule to recover from a knee ligament injury in time for the start of the new PL season.

Berahino picked up a knee problem while on international duty as England prepared for this summers’ under-21 Euro Championships. Fortunately scan results revealed the damage was only minor - Berahino did not require surgery – and despite missing the pre-season training camp in Austria last week the 21 year-old will join his team mates who face Orlando City, Charleston Battery and the Richmond Kickers. Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye will be hoping to prove their worth on the tour while youngsters Tyler Roberts, Jonathan Leko, Adil Nabi and Tahvon Campbell look to make their impression on manager Tony Pulis.
Jul 13 - 10:34 AM

West Bromwich Albion have announced that holding midfielder Claudio Yacob has signed a two-year extension at the club.

Yacob and Craig Gardner were the two players who emerged at the base of the West Brom midfield after Tony Pulis took over. With Darren Fletcher playing in front of them and Youssouf Mulumbu having left for Norwich City, retaining Yacob was an important move for the Baggies. He is unlikely to be interesting to many fantasy managers regardless of format but his presence in the line-up will help contribute to clean sheets for Boaz Myhill and the defenders in front of him.
Source: Twitter.com
Jul 10 - 4:27 PM

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

Leicester City are after Hull City defender James Chester.

There is some history here so this rumor makes a ton of sense. Nigel Pearson brought Chester to KC Stadium when he was in charge in 2011 and has always been keen of the player. On top of that, Chester's Hull were just relegated and the club is selling off as many players as it can. Leicester are also in search of an upgrade across the entire defense and Chester can provide that at the center-back position. Chester averaged 7.48 fantasy points per 90 minutes last season on a horrific defense but can probably improve that number slightly at Leicester. He can be a decent late round pick if he ends up with the Foxes.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 14 - 5:54 AM


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