Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Hal Robson-Kanu was the hero and almost a goat as his goal provided the difference before he was sent off late.

The Wales international contributed a second unlikely scorer for Tony Pulis for the second consecutive weekend. Albion completed their second consecutive 1-0 win of the season in fine Pulls fashion. The one downside was Robson-Kanu being sent off late after his elbow came in too high fighting for a ball in the air.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 19 - 12:06 PM

Hal Robson-Kanu was the hero and almost a goat as his goal provided the difference before he was sent off late.

The Wales international contributed a second unlikely scorer for Tony Pulis for the second consecutive weekend. Albion completed their second consecutive 1-0 win of the season in fine Pulls fashion. The one downside was Robson-Kanu being sent off late after his elbow came in too high fighting for a ball in the air.
Source: Espnfc.com
Aug 19 - 12:06 PM

Gareth Barry is eligible to play for Tony Pulis this weekend and is likely to be given his first action as either a starter or a substitute.

Tony Pulis loves a veteran Premier League campaigner and that's exactly what he has in Gareth Barry. With a Darren Fletcher-sized hole at the base of his midfield, there is certainly room for Barry to step in and partner Jake Livermore in providing a wall in front of the defense as well as initiating the attack. Don't expect Barry to provide much in the way of points in the Premier League's scoring format but he could be more interesting in a format that rewards peripheral contributions more directly.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:49 PM

With Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley both ailing and doubtful for Week 2, Ahmed Hegazi is a solid bet as a fill-in for Week 2 but if the transfer rumors are to be believed, he could be more than that.

It is hardly a sure thing but Week 1's surprise scorer for West Brom could be set to see his value rise significantly. With rumors circling around a second Manchester City bid for Jonny Evans after a first was rejected and Gareth McAuley starting the season gimpy and 37-years-old, Ahmed Hegazi could move quickly from unknown to Premier League starter. He isn't likely to be a regular scorer but he could be in the middle of a significant number of clean sheets and his peripheral stats (10 clearances, 4 Aerial Duels Won, 2 Shots on Target, and a Chance Created) speak to a great all-around Premier League debut rather than just a fluky goal. One to watch for sure if he hasn't already been snapped up in your league.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:46 PM

Jonny Evans is suffering from a hamstring issue and will likely miss Albion's trip to Turf Moor in Week 2.

With Evans likely out and Gareth McAuley still recovering as well, Ahmed Hegazi will almost certainly join Craig Dawson in the center of defense for Tony Pulis' side at Turf Moor in Week 2. If the rumors of Evans' move to the Etihad come to fruition then both players, Evans and Hegazi, could see their fantasy value rise with Hegazi potentially graduating to presumed starter while Evans would be likely to see more clean sheets at the Etihad than at the Hawthorns.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:42 PM

Premier League journeyman Gareth Barry has officially completed a move to West Bromwich Albion from Everton.

The midfielder has made 154 appearances for the the Toffees since arriving from Manchester City in 2013, and will now join West Brom needing just five Premier League appearances to break Ryan Giggs' all-time record of 632 top-flight appearances. But Barry was buried on the depth chart under Ronald Koeman with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies all fighting for a spot. Said Barry: "I've had four great years at Everton. The fans have been brilliant with me from the day I signed until the day I left. I'm proud that the Club will always be a big part of my career. There are too many people to thank but I'd like to mention a few of them - the Chairman, Bill Kenwright, Roberto Martinez who brought me to Goodison, Ronald Koeman whom I've enjoyed working with, the staff at the Club and some great teammates. And of course the fans."
Aug 16 - 5:00 AM

Gareth Barry will apparently move from Everton to West Bromwich Albion should his medical come off without a hitch today.

Perhaps looking for a Premier League veteran to replace Darren Fletcher who left for Stoke City, Tony Pulis will apparently make a move for Everton's Gareth Barry. With Ronald Koeman having fortified the center of midfield with Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, and Davy Klaassen since his arrival as well as promoting Tom Davies from the youth ranks, opportunities for Barry would have been few and far between at Goodison Park. He may not be a regular starter at the Hawthorns either but he will certainly be no less than a key reserve capable of playing in multiple positions. Check in later for official confirmation of the switch.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 15 - 11:56 AM

It was an unexpected hero rising as Ahmed Hegazi scored the only goal of the match from a Chris Brunt corner.

West Brom were uncharacteristically dominant as they opened the new Premier League season at the Hawthorns. New signing Jay Rodriguez looked like great value as he tested the Cherries defense. Tony Pulis' side were stingy at the back and did what his sides tend to do and won 1-0 on the strength of a set piece.
Aug 12 - 12:14 PM

There was a surprising omission from the West Bromwich Albion squad on Saturday as Jonny Evans missed out on the opening day.

The Baggies skipper complained of a tight hamstring during the warm-up of last weekend’s final pre-season friendly and Evans was withdrawn as a precaution: "The moment they report a problem, no matter how slight, there is no point taking chances," said Director of Performance Mark Gillett who went onto add: "Gareth [McAuley] and James [Morrison] have made good progress and we are confident they will be able to join the group for full training this week." The news should’ve left Tony Pulis with all his senior squad for the visit of Bournemouth. However, there was no Evans while McAuley is out "for a couple of weeks" and Morrison faces a race against time to return in game week two. The absence of Evans handed Ahmed Hegazi his debut alongside Craig Dawson and the Egypt international didn't disappoint after he opened the scoring with a bullet header on 31 minutes.
Aug 12 - 10:54 AM

Tony Pulis has indicated that Gareth McAuley will likely need a couple of weeks before he is ready to return to action meaning he will definitely miss out as Albion host Bournemouth in Week 1 action.

With Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, and Nacer Chadli all returning from minor pre-season injuries Tony Pulis' side is pretty well positioned to weather McAuley's absence without too much concern. In fact, it is probably wise for Pulis to start planning for life with McAuley as more of a valuable reserve than a sure-fire starter. At 37-years-old McAuley's health has been exceptional in recent seasons but it's hard to imagine he can keep going too much longer starting week-after-week.
Aug 11 - 11:08 AM

Gareth McAuley is a major doubt for the visit of AFC Bournemouth on August 12 as he struggles to shake off a thigh injury.

The West Bromwich Albion defender is yet to feature in pre-season having picked up the problem while on international duty with Northern Ireland back in June. Despite the early optimism of a full recovery by August, it now looks like McAuley won’t be ready in time after Tony Pulis confirmed the 37-year-old, along with James Morrison [knee], will miss this weekend’s trip to northern Spain to continue their rehab. "By the time the season starts they'll be closer. Whether they'll be able to start we're not sure. We're hoping they will be around about fit," revealed the Baggies boss. There was better news however, as Matt Phillips, Craig Dawson, James McClean and Jake Livermore are all expected to feature against Deportivo La Coruna while Salomon Rondon will also return after he was rested on Tuesday night.
Aug 2 - 4:00 PM

Jay Rodriguez was one of a number of West Brom attackers to narrowly miss scoring as Albion fell 2-0 to a pair of deflected Crystal Palace goals in the Premier League Asia Cup pre-season tournament.

Hopes are high that Jay Rodriguez can shake off a couple of seasons lost to injury and be the prolific forward that West Brom have lacked since Romelu Lukaku left and Saido Berahino failed to capitalize on his early promise. There were some positive signs for both Rodriguez and Albion overall despite the 2-0 loss. Matt Phillips once again played without injuring himself. Rodriguez and Rondon were both dangerous and Nacer Chadli started despite rumblings of discontent earlier in the summer.
Source: WBA.co.uk
Jul 22 - 9:58 PM

James McClean scored the only Albion goal in a 2-1 pre-season loss to Slavia Prague in Kumberg, Austria on Thursday.

The lone goal for Tony Pulis' side was created by healthy-again Matt Phillips who slid a through ball to McClean who converted from five yards out. Albion went into the halftime break ahead 1-0 and the manager decided to give his younger players a chance at some match action bringing in a number of youth side players for the second half. The Czech league champions were more than a match for the Albion youngsters and scored two second half goals for the final tally.
Source: WBA.co.uk
Jul 16 - 10:05 AM

West Brom have secured some depth at forward into the future as Hal Robson-Kanu has agreed to a three-year contract.

Robson-Kanu had a modest season at West Brom after arriving on a free transfer last summer. The Wales international scored three goals and assisted on two more over five league starts and 24 substitute appearances. At 28-years-old he has likely peaked and should be considered a capable mid-table reserve but no more than that. Expect Robson-Kanu to be third choice behind newly arrived Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon.
Jul 6 - 9:43 AM

West Bromwich Albion confirm Jay Rodriguez will sign in a £12 million deal.

The former Southampton striker had been heavily linked with a move away from St Mary’s in recent weeks following another disappointing and injury hampered season on the south coast. His 9 Premier League starts returned five goals under Claude Puel, but following the arrival of Manolo Gabbiadini in January, the 27-year-old slipped further down the pecking order. Rodriguez was on the cusp of the England World Cup squad in 2014 before an ACL rupture cruelly robbed him of his dream and he spent the next 14 months on the sidelines. J-Rod as he is more affectionately known, then suffered another setback and missed a large chunk of 2015/16 following foot surgery, and has struggled ever since to nail down a regular spot. An undoubted talent, Rodriguez will be hoping his move to the Hawthorns can kick start his stuttering career, and possibly throw him back into the Three Lions limelight with a place in Russia [2018 World Cup] up for grabs.
Source: Eurosport UK
Jul 2 - 11:48 AM


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