West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom continued to reshape their defense with the addition of versatile veteran Chris Baird from Burnley.

On the same day that Burnley announced the signing of West Brom reserve defender Steven Reid, West Brom have announced the signing of Burnley utility defender Chris Baird. A veteran of six Premier League seasons with Fulham, Baird can fill in across the back line and will likely provide cover for newly signed center back Joleon Lescott and returning defensive anchor Gareth McAuley. Albion have been aggressive in adding experienced Premier League campaigners this summer with Baird joining Lescott and Craig Gardner.
Source: The Guardian
Jul 7 - 9:49 AM

Chile gave Brazil everything they could handle and it took a narrow 3-2 win on penalty kicks for the host county to escape after both sides played to a 1-1 score by the end of extra time.

It is official, Chile are a force to be reckoned with. While Brazil looked to be more in control of things as the second half progressed, in general Chile played a fantastic match that can only be described as heroic. Gary Medel was superb yet again, and his future at relegated Cardiff would have to be considered in question as he deserves to be playing at the highest level. The shootout came down to the fifth kick in order to level up with Brazil and former Baggie Gonzalo Jara stepped up to take it and watched it smash the bar to end Chile's tournament in heartbreaking fashion
Jun 28 - 3:14 PM

West Bromwich Albion are set to sign England international defender Joleon Lescott.

Lescott was allowed to leave Manchester City when his contract expired last month, but he still has a lot to offer and would be a fine free transfer for a mid-table Premier League side. Stoke and Hull had been rumoured to be leading the chase for the defender, but West Brom are now being reported as favourites to seal a deal by BBC Sport. Lescott previously worked with new West Brom head coach Alan Irvine at Everton and is familiar with the club's backroom staff from his time with Wolves.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 18 - 11:16 AM

Hull City appear close to securing a partner for Curtis Davies with the news that Joleon Lescott will soon agree to a deal with the club.

Hull City's season had it's ups and downs. Up - they secured a second season in the Premier League. Down - despite the perception of a strong season they finished just two places and four points above the relegation spots. Up - they secured a spot in the Europa Cup for their second place finish in the FA Cup. Down - they have to stay up while playing Europa Cup matches next season. Adding a defender of Lescott's pedigree will certainly help with the latter task. He may not be up to Manchester City's high standards but he should be well rested and a significant improvement for Hull City assuming this deal goes through.
Jun 17 - 11:42 AM

Uruguay XI: Muslera, Lugano, Godin, Gargano, Rodriguez, Forlan, Stuani, Pereira, Arevalo, Cavani, Caceres

As was hinted at leading up to this match, Luis Suarez will miss out as he continues to work toward fitness with an eye on England in the 2nd round of group play. Veteran international and West Brom representative Diego Lugano starts as expected in defense.
Source: ESPN Twitter
Jun 14 - 1:57 PM

A number of Bundesliga clubs and Middle East teams have joined chase for Joleon Lescott, according to Sky sources.

Lescott found himself as fourth choice behind Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic at Manchester City last season, meaning his game time was limited, featuring just 10 times in the Premier League. A January loan move was rumoured but never occurred, putting an end to any chance of the defender making England's World Cup squad, and both the club and the player allowed his contract to run down, meaning he is now a free agent. At 31 years old Lescott still had a lot to offer and could be a fine free transfer for a non-top four team. Aston Villa, West Ham, and former club Everton have all been linked, as well as Turkish side Besiktas, German outfit Schalke and Al Ain in the UAE.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 5 - 6:38 AM

Champions League winning assistant manager Paul Clement is considering a move back to England to take a managerial role with West Brom mentioned as a possibility.

Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid was linked to the West Brom job previously and with that post open again he may be a prime candidate a second time. Coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win in the Champions League final, Clement will undoubtedly be a popular managerial candidate given that a) he is English and b) he has the unusual experience of having plied his trade outside of England (and successfully at that). If he is popular, it is unclear why he would be interested in the West Brom job when other clubs are better placed to succeed sooner.
May 26 - 9:08 AM

West Brom announced over the weekend that they have released Liam Ridgewell, Zoltan Gera, Diego Lugano, and Steven Reid.

After narrowly escaping relegation and sacking Pepe Mel, the changes continue at West Brom as veteran players Ridgewell, Lugano, Reid and Gera have all been released. While Lugano, Reid and Gera are all decidedly squad players for the Baggies with 7, 16 and 5 starts respectively in the league Ridgewell led the team with 33 starts and will need to be replaced at left back. Combined with loan players Scott Sinclair, Morgan Amalfitano, Matej Vydra, Thievy Bifouma and Goran Popov leaving the new manager will have a lot of work to do retooling the squad for next season.

Joleon Lescott has insisted he holds no grudges against Manchester City as he looks to make a quick decision regarding his future.

Lescott found himself as fourth choice behind Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and Matija Nastasic under Manuel Pellegrini, meaning his game time was limited throughout the season, featuring just 10 times in the Premier League. A January loan move was rumoured but never occurred, putting an end to any chance of the defender making England's World Cup squad, and with his contract expiring he has accepted he must move on. At 31 years old, Lescott still had a lot to offer and could be a fine free transfer for a non-top four team. Aston Villa, West Ham, and former club Everton have all been linked, as well as Turkish side Besiktas.
Source: Sky Sports
May 14 - 5:16 AM

West Brom could only manage to hold the ball for 40% of the match and managed one shot on target in 90 minutes of action. It comes as no surprise that they lost.

You couldn't blame goalkeeper Ben Foster for the headed goal he allowed to Olivier Giroud but there were also no heroes for West Brom as they capitulated rather weakly at the Emirates. The Baggies aren't mathematically safe from relegation yet but it would take quite a performance by Norwich over their final two matches against Chelsea and Arsenal to threaten West Brom's chances of another season in the Premier League.
May 4 - 11:03 AM

Saido Berahino's goal was enough to win West Bromwich Albion a valuable three points to separate them from the relegation zone.

Berahino scored early in the game and West Brom were able to keep their 1-0 lead until the end. The win takes West Brom five points ahead of the relegation zone with just two matches left in the season, making relegation almost impossible. West Ham suffered yet another loss but are six points ahead of the relegation zone and also very likely to stay up. The two teams have to improve drastically if they wish to improve upon their standings next season as both squads are very limited on talent.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 26 - 12:00 PM

Liam Ridgewell will miss West Brom's Week 36 home match with West Ham due to an ongoing knee injury.

Ordinarily, the absence of a reasonably productive starting outside back is cause to take a look at the alternatives for fantasy bargains. Not so much this week with West Brom weak at the best of times and half of their starting defense potentially missing between Ridgewell and Gareth McAuley who faces a late fitness check. If you're looking for a reasonably priced defender I'd check out Antonin Alcaraz or Jordi Amat before heading down the West Brom reserve path.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Apr 25 - 5:05 PM

Gareth McAuley could add to Pepe Mel's defensive injury woes as he faces a late fitness check on his calf that will determine if he can face West Ham at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

With Liam Ridgewell definitely out for Week 36 with a knee injury things could go from bad to worse for West Brom if McAuley is also unable to go. West Brom are hanging around just above the relegation zone and with Sunderland and Cardiff squaring off at least one of the teams below them stands to pick up some points this weekend. Things could get a little dicey for the Baggies. For fantasy purposes, the absence of Ridgewell and potentially McAuley sees West Ham attackers like Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan become more attractive.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Apr 25 - 5:02 PM

With Liam Ridgewell getting a scan on his ankle, injured against Manchester City, West Brom manager, Pepe Mel, has insisted that Chris Brunt can fill that role against West Ham this weekend. "Brunt can do a really good job in this role and I’m certain that Ridgewell will not be available for the West Ham game."

Brunt looked to be a great fantasy asset this weekend, on kicks for a side playing at home with every reason to remain motivated. Shifting him to defence limits Brunt's appeal, though a case could still be made for his inclusion.
Apr 23 - 10:20 PM

It's hard to have a good match as a goalkeeper while giving up three goals but Ben Foster achieved that on Saturday.

With West Brom up 2-0 early, Ben Foster came to the rescue of Morgan Amalfitano when he saved Emmanuel Adebayor's weak penalty. Foster made a number of other strong saves but he couldn't prevent Jonas Olsson from scoring an own goal off of a deflected cross or two additional well-taken Spurs goals. The match ended as an extremely entertaining 3-3 draw that likely helps neither team in the standings.
Apr 12 - 2:09 PM


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