West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster will continue his recovery from a ruptured ACL by taking part in a charity cycle ride from London to Paris, a 500km route spread over 4-days.

Foster has been sidelined since mid-March after damaging knee ligaments during the home win over Stoke and the England stopper is hoping to make a return in October later this year. No stranger to the treatment room this is the third time Foster has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and biking provides the ideal non-weight bearing exercise during rehab. In his absence Boaz Myhill kept 3-clean sheets helping the Baggies to retain their BPL status while earning himself a 12-month contract extension. Youssouf Mulumbu, Chris Baird and Jason Davidson have all been released while Tony Pulis has begun negotiations with Gareth McAuley and Claudio Yacob.
Source: BBC Sport
May 28 - 5:45 AM

Boaz Myhill and Claudio Yacob have both been retained by West Brom for the 2015-16 season when the club exercised one year options on each player.

Myhill may be a critical player early next season as Ben Foster is unlikely to be ready to return to action until late-September or early-October. Myhill played well down the stretch this season deputizing for Foster after his injury and earned the extension. Yacob didn't start a lot early in the season but he was far more prominent under Tony Pulis and should be in the midst of his prime at age 27. Both moves seemed fairly obvious given how important both players were late in the season.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 10:57 AM

The club announced that Mulumbu wouldn't be retained for the 2015-16 season.

The club wished Mulumbu and fellow released players Chris Baird and Jason Davidson well in their future endeavors following their releases after the final match of the season. None of the three appeared likely to play a significant role next season as Tony Pulis looks to continue re-shaping the roster to suit his style of play. Mulumbu may find interest from among the newly promoted sides.
Source: espnfc.com
May 26 - 10:50 AM

Gareth McAuley scored a consolation goal as West Brom lost to Arsenal 4-1 at the Emirates on the final day of the season.

It didn't mean much to either side but only West Brom played like it. Arsenal, powered by returning stars Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, scored four in the first half to end the tie. McAuley scored a consolation goal to keep it from being too embarrassing in the end.
May 24 - 12:08 PM

Tony Pulis will be missing only Ben Foster as his team heads to the Emirates for the final match of the 2014-15 season.

Coming down the stretch, West Brom has shown well and part of the credit should go to the training staff who have helped the team stay largely healthy even as the season has worn on. Aside from the Ben Foster ACL injury, they have nursed Saido Berahino, Brown Ideye and others who have had niggling injuries through those issues while allowing them to feature more often than not. Even Victor Anichebe is healthy for the finale which is saying something.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:18 AM

Chelsea were embarrassed by West Brom today as they lost 3-0.

West Brom came to play and it was quite obvious Chelsea were already in celebration mode today as they've already wrapped up the title. Cesc Fabregas got himself sent off in the first half for a stupid decision that you can read more about in the link below. Sadio Berahino scored twice and Chris Brunt added the last for West Brom as they finish off their season on a high note with a huge in in their second to last game. Chelsea will try to rebound from this and give their fans a good last match of the season as they bring the title to Stamford Bridge.
May 18 - 5:08 PM

Boaz Myhill finally let in a goal after four straight clean sheets as West Brom drew 1-1 with Newcastle at St James' Park in Week 36 action.

It was a fairy tale run for Boaz Myhill that came to an end at the hands, or feet, of Ayoze Perez. Myhill still came up with three saves but it wasn't enough to keep a clean sheet or get his team the win. As a result, Myhill's performance suffered significantly in most fantasy formats. With Chelsea and Arsenal representing the Baggies' final two opponents, it might be time to jump off the Myhill and West Brom bandwagon for the balance of the season.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 10:45 AM

West Brom couldn't snag a late win at St. James' Park but Saido Berahino played well in a reserve role as he tried to make it happen.

Saido Berahino has had an interesting season between a fast start, legal issues and spotting playing time late in the season. He has been forced to embrace the role of instant offense off the bench recently with Tony Pulis fielding either Brown Ideye or Victor Anichebe as a lone forward in the starting line-up. Exactly what the impact of his uneven playing time will be on his desirability as a summer transfer target isn't clear. The other thing that isn't clear is exactly how interested Tony Pulis will be in keeping the England youth international.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 10:39 AM

Victor Anichebe scored from a corner to put West Brom ahead 1-0 at St. James' Park but the Baggies couldn't make it hold up as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Victor Anichebe started the match as a lone attacker with West Brom content to play a conservative line-up featuring four center backs and two holding midfielders. The tactic paid off in the first half as they absorbed Newcastle's pressure and stole a goal from Victor Anichebe against the run of play. The second half wasn't as kind with Ayoze Perez scoring a pretty goal through traffic to even the affair. There were chances both way to win the match but none found their way through and the match ended 1-1.
Source: espnfc.com
May 9 - 12:53 PM

Joleon Lescott's career looked a bit lost heading into the summer but a move to West Brom has re-established him as an above-average Premier League center back and fantasy contributor.

The former Everton man made a big money move to the Etihad and was found wanting and wondering what would come next. After a summer when a lot of clubs were linked with his signature, he moved to West Brom. It started slowly as his body re-adjusted to actually playing competitive football but it has ended well with Lescott featuring at the center of a Tony Pulis defense that has pulled off three consecutive clean sheets. Lescott has been Albion's biggest fantasy contributor over the course of the season in most formats that reward secondary statistics like tackles, blocked shots and passes intercepted. It's hard to imagine he'll be as big a bargain again next season regardless of format.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 7 - 10:10 AM

Jonas Olsson didn't know much about his match-winning goal at Old Trafford but he was good in defense and scored big for any fantasy managers who picked him up.

Joleon Lescott and Craig Dawson have been solid fantasy assets for much of the season and especially since Tony Pulis arrived but Jonas Olsson showed his value in his return from injury at Old Trafford. It's been since September that Olsson played a competitive match but he certainly returned in style with an (unexpected) match-winning goal, a clean sheet, two blocked shots, three shots on target, and a tackle won. It's going to be hard to follow up that performance but if anyone is going to provide a platform that will allow that to happen, it's Week 36 opponent Newcastle.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 7 - 10:05 AM

West Brom defeated Manchester United 0-1 at Old Trafford through a Jonal Olsson goal.

The return of van Persie wasn't enough for Manchester as they couldn't find the back of the net against West Brom. Jonas Olsson's second half goal secured three very important points for the Baggies as they looked solid throughout the entire match and were able to hold off United late. The Red Devils had a 26-6 shot advantage including a 9-3 shot on target advantage, but they failed to make West Brom pay with some poor finishing and a great performance from goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. The Baggies are now seven points in front of the relegation zone and can relax a bit for the remainder of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 2 - 2:29 PM

Boaz Myhill produced a second consecutive strong outing as the Baggies blanked Liverpool in a nil-nil Week 34 draw.

Without the benefits of the points associated with a win in the Yahoo format, Boaz Myhill almost matched his total from the previous week's shut out win over Crystal Palace. Myhill kept a clean sheet that included five saves as he put up 17 points in the Yahoo format. With Manchester United looming, Myhill is a risk for sure in Week 35 but the Red Devils haven't been clicking going forward and the Baggies seem to have recaptured that Tony Pulis mojo. Write Myhill off for Week 35 at your own peril.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 30 - 7:02 PM

Chris Brunt went against type and produced big defending phantom points on his way to a fourth consecutive double digit fantasy point total in the Yahoo format.

West Brom have been up and down over the past six matches but Chris Brunt has been consistently registering double digit fantasy performances. Weeks 32 and 33 were highlighted with what we generally associate Brunt with, assists. Weeks 31 and 34 were unusual in that Brunt did most of his damage on the defensive side of the ball. In the Week 34 nil-nil draw with Liverpool, the attacking midfielder totaled six passes intercepted and four tackles won to go with two successful crosses. Unusual times but Tony Pulis generally gets all of his players playing on the defensive side of the ball.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 30 - 6:56 PM

Gareth McAuley took a star turn as West Brom notched their second consecutive clean sheet as they stifled Liverpool's attack in Week 34.

It's no wonder that Liverpool failed to score what with Gareth McAuley blocking 5 shots by himself. He also helped prevent some additional shots from happening in the first place as he intercepted four passes. Throw in the clean sheet points and there aren't many formats where he wasn't a stud in Week 34. With Manchester United struggling, it isn't insane to think that West Brom and McAuley are solid bets to score big again.
Source: Yahoo.com
Apr 30 - 6:51 PM


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