West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

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Saido Berahino's brace was not enough to earn new West Brom boss Alan Irvine a debut victory in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Hawthorns.

Berahino was West Brom's top scorer last season but didn't always find himself as first choice, often used from the bench. The young striker got the start against Sunderland and scored twice after the Baggies went behind, from the penalty spot and with a volleyed finish to put his side ahead. His goals weren't enough to secure the three points though, as the Black Cats grabbed a late equaliser.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 16 - 1:09 PM

Ideye Brown racing against the clock to be fit for a Week 1 Baggies debut.

West Brom's most expensive summer signing has yet to prove his fitness is at a sufficient level to earn him a start in the season debut against Sunderland. The controversial signing will have an uphill battle to convince critics that he was worth his transfer price and before he can do that he will have to be fit. His chances of playing in Week 1 are deemed to be about 50/50 at this point. Stay tuned to Alan Irvine's press conference on Friday for more.
Aug 14 - 9:44 PM

Joleon Lescott will be out for what would have been his West Brom debut in Week 1 with fluid on his knee but should be back for Week 2 or Week 3 at the latest.

Apparently barely playing a match in a couple of years leaves one open to injury when asked to play again. After being largely unused on the Manchester City bench over the last two seasons he has made his big move to West Brom only to see his knee start to rebel against actual physical activity. Alan Irvine will be hopeful that his prize recruit will be available soon to help anchor what he hopes will be a much-improved defense.
Aug 14 - 9:40 PM

Chris Brunt has committed his future to Alan Irvine's club as he signed a three-year contract extension on improved terms at the Hawthorns today.

The creative midfielder has been in and out of the line-up due to fitness and form concerns but remains one of the Baggies' more talented players. Assuming he can stay healthy he will hope to be a more regular staple in the starting eleven for Alan Irvine this season.
Aug 10 - 2:20 PM

Alan Irvine has indicated that holding midfielder Claudio Yacob could be available for transfer if the right offer presents itself.

With Youssouf Mulumbu firmly entrenched as the starting holding midfielder, Yacob's availability may indicate that Irvine intends to play a more aggressive formation than the ones that saw Yacob start 22 league matches last season. With an improved defense anchored by Joleon Lescott and Gareth McAuley Yacob would likely be an expensive squad player for the Baggies. No word on any specific potential bidders but Yacob is said to be "on the radar" of several clubs across Europe.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 8 - 9:22 AM

West Brom has made over their entire defense this summer with the acquisition of Jason Davidson at left back as the most recent change.

Davidson impressed in Australia's three World Cup matches this summer and has been brought in to compete with Sebastien Pocognoli for the job. Unlike Cristian Gamboa on the other side, Davidson's value is less clear from the start of the season given that there will be a competition between the two new left backs for minutes. It seems likely based on scouting reports that Davidson will be the eventual starter but with only two weeks to establish himself and Pocognoli having been with the team for a while already it may not happen until sometime into the season. Both outside back spots at West Brom are worth monitoring for sure.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 5 - 1:46 PM

Alan Irvine strengthened his defensive flanks today with the acquisitions of two internationals in the form of Costa Rican Cristian Gamboa and Aussie Jason Davidson.

Cristian Gamboa will be of particular interest for fantasy managers and West Brom supporters alike. The Costa Rican international gained acclaim for an exceptional goal in Brazil this past summer and should continue his attacking exploits for the Baggies from the right side of the defense. While West Brom are no sure thing to start piling up the clean sheets Gamboa's speed and attacking instincts make him one to watch coming into the 2014-15 season. The dual acquisitions for the Baggies likely lowers Andre Wisdom's value significantly as he is now a utility defender rather than a potential starter.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 5 - 1:42 PM

West Brom have continued their roster overhaul with the loan signing of young Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.

West Brom continue to add numbers and versatility to their defensive corps with the signing of England U21 defender Andre Wisdom. At the fringes of the Liverpool squad for a few years and coming off a year-long loan with Derby County in the Championship last season, a step up to the bottom half of the Premier League makes sense for the player and both clubs. With Gareth McAuley returning, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird and Sebastien Pocognoli already added, and Costa Rican right back Christian Gamboa reportedly on his way as well, it isn't clear that Wisdom will be a starter. The real question is whether he will win out over Baird as the primary reserve at center back and right back for the Baggies. Wisdom's one hope for starting action is that Gamboa's attacking strengths are utilized farther up the field.

Looking to fill the Romelu Lukaku-sized hole in their front line, West Brom have broken their transfer record to sign Nigerian international Brown Ideye.

Ideye represents a big gamble for West Brom after a year of failed experiments at forward last season. At 6' tall and 155 lbs., the Nigerian will never be mistaken for Romelu Lukaku but he is capable of holding down the middle and letting West Brom's runners like Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino play off of him. Never a huge goal scorer in either France (17 goals in 52 appearances) or Russia (33 in 74), he is coming into his prime at 25-years-old and could still have some upside for the Baggies in addition to providing the focal point that has been missing since Lukaku's loan spell ended. He would have to improve on his Dynamo Kiev goal-scoring rate while stepping up in competition to be a serious fantasy consideration.
Jul 23 - 11:26 AM

West Bromwich Albion continues their squad makeover with the acquisition of Belgian left back Sebastien Pocognoli.

After years with a center back, Liam Ridgewell, holding down the left back spot at the Hawthorns, West Brom have gone in a different direction with Belgian left back Sebastien Pocognoli. The former Hanover 96 man is an adept crosser of the ball but isn't highly rated for his actual defense. He is also a bit on the combative side having had altercations with two teammates while on duty for his country in 2009. His new teammates will be hoping he has mellowed a bit.
Jul 14 - 9:17 AM

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


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