Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Sunderland and newly-promoted Middlesbrough are fighting for the chance to land West Brom midfielder James Morrison this summer.

The Scottish international is out of contract this summer and available on a free transfer, although West Brom has offered him a new contract after signing Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley to new deals. However, now that they are back in the Premier League, Middlesbrough is the favorite to sign the 29-year-old after he spent four years in the Teesiders first team after coming up through the club's academy. Morrison recorded three goals and three assists in 18 Premier League appearances before suffering a knee injury that kept him out for four months.
Source: Mirror
May 24 - 4:16 PM

West Brom has confirmed that Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe will not have their contracts renewed at the end of the season.

The African duo's current deals are set to expire next month and will now be allowed to look for a free transfer elsewhere. Each of the attackers joined the club in 2013, with Anichebe scoring nine times in 63 appearances. But the Nigerian only featured in 10 Premier League matches this season, mostly as a substitute while Sessegnon made 25 league appearances while recording two goals and two assists. Said manager Tony Pulis at the end of the season: "The two lads worked really hard for me and were as good as gold. Everybody at the club wishes them all the best in their future careers."
Source: Sky Sports
May 19 - 1:46 PM

Salomon Rondon scored his tenth goal of the season and West Bromwich Albion were able to climb to a 14th place finish after playing Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies would go up early, scoring inside the opening quarter hour. The goal was more responsible by the outstanding effort of Jonathan Leko, who has given Tony Pulis much to be impressed about since getting his opportunity in the last few weeks of the season. He showed plenty of pace and agility, working his way toward the Liverpool goal before laying a pass off to Rondon for the finish. Rondon was a huge signing for the Baggies last summer, a very physical striker that was brought in to help balance out a side that was designed to grind out results in Pulis-like fashion. If he can get a bit more help with supply next season, he could mature into a very attractive mid-range priced fantasy option.
Source: NBC Sports
May 15 - 12:44 PM

The 17-year-old forward/attacking midfielder played well enough in his Premier League debut to start again for the Baggies against the Cherries in Week 37 action.

With Saido Berahino likely on his way out of the club over the summer Leko is worth watching heading into next season. He isn't likely to be exceptional this coming weekend but managers, especially those managing draft teams, should look in to the match to try to get a sense of how likely Leko is to break through next season with Albion in desperate need of better attacking options that aren't in Tony Pulis' doghouse.
Source: espnfc.com
May 6 - 2:31 PM

James Morrison is hoping to play some part in the season run-in after spending most of the calendar year side-lined following a hamstring injury.

The 29-year-old was forced off during the opening exchanges at Stamford Bridge back in January and hasn’t kicked a ball competitively since. But after undergoing surgery to correct a tendon problem, Morrison is closing in on a return to action and pushing to be involved at Bournemouth or on the final day against Liverpool. "It’s been a really frustrating spell for me because I didn’t imagine it would take this long to get back," Morrison said speaking to the club website. "But I was desperate to play I had a little setback early on. So I’ve taken things very carefully since then to make sure I was 100 per cent recovered." Morrison came through 45-minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly unscathed last Tuesday and hopes to complete the final phase of his recovery with a return to the first team.
May 4 - 4:13 AM

Saido Berahino and Ben Foster face late fitness tests ahead of West Brom's match with West Ham at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies had their say on the title race on Monday when they held Spurs to a draw. The outcome was a big deal in the grander scheme of the title race but it might have taken it's toll on a couple of West Brom players. Saido Berahino and Ben Foster both came away nursing ankle injuries and neither are sufficiently recovered to be definite participants against West Ham on Saturday. Check both as close to kick-off as you can before making any line-up decisions.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 1:06 PM

Tony Pulis could have been forgiven for thinking the worse when his side travelled to title challengers Tottenham on Monday night without first-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster and the rejuvenated Saido Berahino.

However, the Baggies - who had only lost once in their five previous visits to White Hart Lane - were at it again to all but end the Lilywhites Premier League aspirations as they deservedly took a share of the spoils. Pulis confirmed pre-match that both players missed out due to ankle injuries: "Ben Foster hurt his ankle in the Arsenal game, he didn't realise until the next morning. We're concerned that he won't make the weekend," the Baggies boss told Sky Sports. "Saido went into the Arsenal game with an ankle injury and made it worse. We're disappointed we are going into this game without them two but we have got to get on with it."
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

West Brom will be without two key starters for Monday night's away fixture against second-place Tottenham due to a pair of ankle injuries.

Manager Tony Pulis confirmed that forward Saido Berahino sustained an ankle injury in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Thursday and could not recover in time to face Spurs. The club switched to a 4-3-3 to accommodate Salomon Rondon and Craig Gardner's return to the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Ben Foster will also miss Monday night's match due to an ankle injury discovered the day after the Arsenal match, which Pulis said could cause the starting keeper to miss the weekend match against West Ham as well with Boaz Myhill set to fill in.
Apr 25 - 2:47 PM

West Brom was punchless in their 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday.

Tony Pulis chose not to field a traditional center forward against a team that struggles against such players. Saido Berahino was a lonely figure as a lone forward in the first half with Rondon on the bench. Albion played better with Rondon on in the second half but we're already down 2-0 and never seemed too likely to get back in the match in a meaningful way.
Source: Espnfc.com
Apr 21 - 5:19 PM

Saido Berahino was denied twice from the penalty spot as Watford won at the Hawthorns.

The season-long drama between Tony Pulis and Saido Berahino took another turn as the young striker twice had a chance to equalize Ben Watson's opener. Twice Berahino failed sentencing the Baggies to a home loss that drops them below the Hornets in the standings.
Apr 16 - 12:47 PM

If today's team news is to be believed, James Morrison will miss both matches in Week 34 and then the Baggies subsequent match before returning for the final three matches of the season.

It has been an Aaron Ramsey-esque hamstring issue that has caused James Morrison to miss nearly the entire second half of the Baggies' season. He missed his first match with the complaint in mid-January and it looks like he won't be back until late-April or early May. Despite the absence of a player who was having something of a break-out season at age 29, the Baggies look like they'll survive comfortably and return for another season of Premier League football.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 10:57 AM

Salomon Rondon picked up a back injury last weekend but he has overcome it and will be available for both of the Baggies' Week 34 matches against Watford and Arsenal.

When healthy, Salomon Rondon seems to be Tony Pulis' pick to lead the line for the Baggies. He is a classic Pulis forward who is as much the first wave of defense as he is an effective attacking force. Expect Rondon to start both Week 34 matches if his back holds up. What that means for Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino's chances of starting isn't clear.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 10:54 AM

Stephane Sessegnon scored an early screamer past Joe Hart but gave it back in the form of a penalty committed as West Brom dropped a 2-1 decision to Manchester City.

It all started brightly for the Baggies with Stephane Sessegnon freezing Joe Hart and scoring to his near side in the 6th minute. The lead lasted only 13 minutes before Sessegnon committed an ill-advised foul in his own penalty area. Sergio Aguero converted the penalty to level the tie. The Baggies held tight into the second half but couldn't keep Samir Nasri out of the net after Aguero gathered his own rebound and passed to the former France international. The Baggies put significant pressure on late but couldn't find the equalizer.
Apr 9 - 2:34 PM

Stephane Sessegnon will be available again in Week 33 after Tony Pulis decided he had returned too late from international duty to feature last weekend.

Exactly how Sessegnon fits into the squad now that he is available isn't clear. Tony Pulis is missing James Morrison and Chris Brunt from the ranks of players that could be considered creators in midfield. Given that the opposition this weekend is Manchester City, it may well be that Pulis is going to park the bus with central defenders and holding midfielders behind a lone forward or maybe two forwards. Rate Sessegnon as no better than 50/50 to start.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 8 - 11:39 AM

Ben Foster came up with one of the best games of his career in a 0-0 draw against Sunderland to earn West Brom a point on the road.

Foster made seven saves to keep a hungry Sunderland off the scoreboard as the Black Cats were desperate to gain ground on Norwich City in the race to stave off relegation. Sunderland outshot the Baggies 22-3 as West Brom couldn't even manage a shot on target; it's not the first time this season that West Brom has not taken a shot on goal. But Foster came up huge on the afternoon despite a barrage of Sunderland chances. In team news, Stephane Sessegnon was not deemed fit enough to make the team after returning late from the international break while Sandro returned to the starting lineup.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 2 - 12:31 PM


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