Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Spurs this weekend, West Brom will look to get Jonny Evans and Allan Nyom back as soon as possible.

Evans missed out on the weekend due to a calf injury as Jonas Olsson filled in for the former Manchester United man. Manager Tony Pulis said the club hopes to have him back in action for the upcoming weekend against Sunderland. "We were not expecting him to miss the Spurs game so we’re taking nothing for granted. It’s a different injury to his earlier problem but it is in the same area as his calf. We will have to wait and see." Meanwhile, Nyom continues to miss out as the club waits to receive international clearance from Cameroon, who is also holding up Joel Matip at Liverpool. But FIFA is set to intervene this week with the hope of clearing them for the weekend.
Jan 16 - 5:28 PM

West Bromwich Albion ran into brick wall this afternoon, never threatening over 90 minutes as Tottenham ripped them to shreds, 4-0.

This is one game Tony Pulis will want to immediately forget. Tottenham dominated possession, keeping the ball 78% of the time over the course of 90 minutes while the Baggies did not come close to testing Hugo Lloris. West Brom conceded twice in the first half, the second going as an own goal to Gareth McAuley as a Christian Eriksen shot deflected off the defender before going in. Pulis tried to switch tactics in the second half but it made little impact as Spurs would go on to put away two more. Lucky for West Brom, the fixtures ahead gets a bit easier. They just picked a bad time to get Tottenham on the schedule.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 9:55 AM

West Brom rode two Matthew Phillips assists to a 3-1 victory over Hull City that saw them consolidate their hold on the 8th spot in the table after 20 matches.

Tony Pulis' side has been surprisingly eager to attack this season and since Matthew Phillips has come into the side, they've been pretty good at it too. One of the under-rated pick-ups of the summer window, Phillips took some time to work his way into full health and the starting line-up but since he has, he's been a crucial piece that has helped separate this edition of Albion from past Pulis clubs. Whether it be his goals or, as it was today, his assists which he earned on both Brunt's and McAuley's goals, Phillips has been the spark that has led Albion to a spot in the top half.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 2 - 2:36 PM

West Bromwich Albion announced winger James McClean has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract at the club.

McClean joins teammates James Morrison, Craig Gardner and, most recently, Ben Foster as the latest West Brom players to sign new deals, with an option to extend the deal for a further year beyond the summer of 2019. The Irish international has featured in 15 Premier League matches this season, recording a goal and assist. Said manager Tony Pulis: "James thoroughly deserves this and has worked hard to achieve it. James’s attitude and commitment to the group is first class and I’m delighted to see that approach rewarded in this way. For what we paid, he's been a terrific signing for us."
Jan 1 - 3:51 PM

Three points on the road means West Brom is just one point out of seventh place in the Premier League table.

Hal Robson-Kanu proved to be everything manager Tony Pulis has been looking for in a front-man since Saido Berahino's decline—despite not wanting the forward in the summer transfer window. The forward impressed for Wales at the European championships this summer before signing for the Baggies on a free. And in his first Premier League start for West Brom, Robson-Kanu scored his first Premier League goal for West Brom to go with an assist in a 2-1 victory against Southampton. Upstart winger Matt Phillips also contributed to both tallies with a goal and an assist to end the Baggies' two-match losing skid.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 12:47:00 PM

Jonny Evans appeared close to a return for Week 17 but here we are at Week 18 and he's still not a sure thing to start against the Gunners.

Evans has been out for a few weeks with a calf complaint and he looked ready to take on his former club, Manchester United last weekend but he wasn't quite ready. The way the injury and his chances of playing were described it sounded like a sure thing that he'd be ready with another eight days to prepare. Apparently not so as Tony Pulis has indicated that while he's "hoping" that Evans will be ready he may not be. Certainly doesn't sound like anything you should be basing a fantasy line-up on.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:18:00 PM

Nacer Chadli is likely to take advantage of James Morrison's illness to secure his second consecutive start on Monday.

Chadli lost his job through a combination of injury and the returning James Morrison. It looks like he'll have a chance to win it back with illness likely ruling Morrison out for Albion's Boxing Day trip to the Emirates. Chadli is exactly the sort of player, one with both power and pace, that gives Arsenal's center backs fits so don't be surprised if the big Belgian helps his former Spurs teammates by giving the Gunners a hard time on Boxing Day.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:14:00 PM

James Morrison is in a tug-of-war with Nacer Chadli for a starting role and could concede a valuable opportunity due to a bout with the flu.

Morrison has played will in spurts since returning from a serious hamstring injury but was rotated out in favor of Chadli for Week 17 and could lose out on another start through illness on Boxing Day at the Emirates. Morrison is a slightly above-average fantasy starter when healthy but if the presence of his illness means that counting on him is a huge risk for this weekend. The presence of Chadli means counting on him in general is a pretty big risk.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:08:00 PM

Despite a tireless effort by Salomon Rondon, West Brom were defeated by Manchester United 2-0 at The Hawthrons on Saturday.

The target forward was West Brom's best weapon against United but the home side were unable to over come a double by Zlatan Ibramhimovic. Rondon, who scored a hat trick during Swansea City last time out, was unable to break United's defense working by himself up front. Meanwhile, the Baggies best chance of the match fell to Jonas Olsson who headed a Chris Brunt corner wide in the first half. The loss leaves West Brom in 7th in the table, on 23 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 03:21:00 PM

Jonny Evans faces a late check on his calf ahead of the Week 17 match between West Brom and his former club Manchester United at the Hawthorns.

Tony Pulis was down to two center backs in his starting line-up for Albion's 3-1 midweek win over struggling Swansea City. Whether that was a tactical decision to take advantage of the Swans' poor form or the result of Evans' health and Craig Dawson's suspension isn't clear. With a more talented opponent arriving at the Hawthorns over the weekend Pulis will likely revert to at least three center backs. Dawson is back to join Gareth McAuley and the manager will hope that Evans is fit to make it a trio. If not, expect Jonas Olsson to be the third center back against the Red Devils.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:09:00 PM

West Brom defender Craig Dawson will miss the club's match against Swansea City on Wednesday due to card accumulation.

The right-back received his fifth yellow card of the season in the Baggies' narrow loss to Chelsea on Sunday, which means he will serve a one-match ban during the midweek fixture. Dawson has been one of manager Tony Pulis' leading figures, playing the full 90 minutes in every match this season while starting the last 60 Premier League matches for the side. Pulis is expected to go with either Brendan Galloway or Chris Brunt in defense with Allan Nyom going to right-back. "We’ve got Nyom who can change, we could bring Brunty back in, play Jonny Evans there, play Brendan. So we’ve options there which we’re lucky to have. We’ll miss Dawson because he’s done exceptionally well for us."
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Gareth McAuley has been identified as facing a late fitness test ahead of Albion's Sunday match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been extremely potent attacking this season and the absence of McAuley would be a big blow for Tony Pulis heading into a match he probably wouldn't expect a great deal from even if fully healthy. He is certainly well-stocked with options behind McAuley but either of Jonas Olsson or Brandon Galloway would certainly be a step down.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:41:00 PM

James Morrison has apparently suffered an unspecified knock and faces a late fitness test ahead of Albion's Sunday trip to Stamford Bridge.

Tony Pulis is rapidly becoming the Bill Belichick of the Premier League. More frequently than any other manager he refers only vaguely to injuries to specific players or, even more frustratingly, vague injuries to unnamed players. This makes anticipating a likely starting line-up difficult. If Morrison doesn't go then Nacer Chadli will almost certainly rejoin the starting line-up against the Blues. Either are fringe starters given the roll Chelsea have been on recently.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:39:00 PM

Chris Brunt turned back the clock with a goal and an assist as West Brom beat Watford 3-1 at the Hawthorns.

It started well for Albion before the kickoff with Watford suffering numerous injuries at the back. Tony Pulis' side capitalized with goals from Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Matt Phillips. The win takes Albion ahead of Manchester United into sixth pending the outcome of United's match tomorrow.
Source: Espnfc.com
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 01:33:00 PM

Nacer Chadli is back and, due to Salomon Rondon's absence, could be moved up to a forward role against Watford this weekend.

For those who have been frustrated by Chadli's injury, consider this potential compensation for your patience. With Salomon Rondon out with tonsillitis and Saido Berahino still depressed/out of shape/out of favor, Chadli is the logical candidate to slot into the center forward role. It could be a nice fantasy return for the Belgian international.
Source: espnfc.com
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 01:51:00 PM



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