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July 23, 2011
Posted by Matthew Evans on 07/23/2011

Owen Hargreaves’ outstanding form at the 2006 World Cup, alongside consistent performances for Bayern Munich, earned him a move to Manchester United for 17 Million Pounds in 2007. In his first season at United, Hargreaves played 34 games, including 23 out of 38 Premier League games. However, over the following 3 seasons he played a part in only 5 matches, and last season alone last all of 5 minutes in his return match before leaving the Old Trafford pitch for the final time.

Owen Hargreaves is an outstanding footballer, of that there is no question. And very rarely does the opportunity arise where a club can sign such a talented player for free. But as his appearance record shows, it will be a huge risk for whichever club takes on the midfielder, with his chronic knee injury and his undoubted bad luck.

Even so, West Brom were the first club to be linked with a move to Hargreaves, followed up with interest from his old England boss Sven Goran Eriksson at Leicester and MLS side the Vancouver Whitecaps. Albion are blessed with an outstanding crop of midfielders already, with Zoltan Gera set to be added to the ever-expanding list once he proves his fitness following an ankle operation.

July 6, 2011
Posted by Matthew Evans on 07/06/2011

This old adage seems most applicable to West Bromwich Albion at the moment with the Baggies on the verge of re-capturing Zoltan Gera and also showing an interest in former keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who is not needed by Manchester United.

Why do so many abide by this saying? On paper, it seems that these two players rejoining the club would only strengthen West Brom as they look to consolidate in the Premier League. They would provide that most-valued of qualities, experience, which Albion still lack. Additionally, these two already know the club, the area and in Gera’s case, the head coach Roy Hodgson who brought Gera to Fulham, allowing the club to avoid the “settling in” period that often delays a signings impact.

However, delving deeper into the situation it is clear why some fans may be questioning the potential re-capturing of these two players. Both were well-loved amongst the fans during their previous stints at the Hawthorns, a poor second spell may taint the good memories those fans held. This is very sentimental reasoning, where as the cold truth of it maybe that these two are no longer good enough.

July 1, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/01/2011

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About
David Young Matthew Evans: I've supported West Brom all my life, and it's fair to say that they give me my fair share of ups and downs. I'm always guaranteed an emotional rollercoaster of a season whatever division the Baggies are in. I try to remain positive in my views on Albion, although that is impossible at some points. My favourite Albion player of the moment is Youssuff Mulumbu, and of my lifetime it has to be Super Bob Taylor.You can follow me on twitter @MattEvansWBA

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