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November 30, 2011
Posted by Matthew Evans on 11/30/2011

Today, the worst fears of Albion fans were confirmed with Zoltan Gera being ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament after his foot got caught in the turf against Tottenham on Saturday. Firstly, I’d like to wish Zoltan all the best in his recovery and hope that our medical team do the usual fantastic job and to see him back at the start of next season fit and firing, in the Premier League.

It is a massive blow for Albion. Roy Hodgson really pushed through this deal, believing that Gera would be absolutely pivotal in Albion’s season. He brought him in despite knowing Gera would not be fit for the start of the season, he regarded Gera as one of three key signings Albion needed to make, the other two being Ben Foster and Shane Long.

November 25, 2011
Posted by Matthew Evans on 11/25/2011

Who’d have thought we’d have been in this situation 6 months ago? 6 months ago Peter Odemwingie was the saviour Albion had longer for. Odemwingie had scored 15 goals in a season, contributing a further 8 assists. Only Carlos Tevez had more of a hand in his team’s goals than Odemwingie. Yet this season, we have yet to see Odemwingie really reach his best form and there is now a supposed rift between Odemwingie and head coach Roy Hodgson.

When the Nigerian signed for West Brom, fans from his previous clubs spoke about how his attitude seemed to change as he went into his 2nd season, how he became lazier and less interested. I put this down to sour grapes, and I think there is a pretty valid reason for thinking that considering the vile abuse Odemwingie received when playing in Russia. Some people are beginning to believe that this maybe the case.

November 18, 2011
Posted by Matthew Evans on 11/18/2011

But it will go a long way to doing so. Looking at Albion's season so far, I'd say it's been average. We've had some fantastic results, beating Wolves and Aston Villa in consecutive games, and some not so fantastic games-losing 3-0 at Swansea and losing at home to Stoke 1-0.

Then there was the games against Manchester United and Chelsea at the start of the season, whilst we've also played Arsenal and Liverpool. Despite the achievements of last season against the bigger clubs, and the sense of impending doom that echoed across message-boards after the Arsenal match, more often than not, getting points from these games is massively unlikely.

The Baggies head into a slightly easier run now, although they don't start off with their strongest possible side. The upcoming fixtures are;

Bolton (H)
Spurs (H)
Wigan (H)
Blackburn (A)

November 11, 2011
Posted by Matthew Evans on 11/11/2011

With it being the international break, there is very little to talk about regarding The Albion, especially as none of the senior games involving our players have been played yet. There’s not a lot going on at West Brom, except for the departure of Michael Appleton to Portsmouth this week(Good luck Appy!)

So I don’t think there is better time for me than now to discuss the merits of some of our younger players. If there is one thing any fan wants to see, it’s a local lad running out onto the pitch for their club and showing how good they are. Of course, there is very little of that these days such is the vast scouting networks and the non-restriction of recruitment zones over a certain age, anyone who seems to be showing promise at a “smaller” club are quickly snapped up at a young age. West Brom know this all too well, following the departure of Jerome Sinclair to Liverpool at the age of 14 this summer. There was also another similar case this summer, with centre half Donovan Daniels being linked with moves to bigger clubs but he has been secured to the club.

Albion have a couple of youngsters out on loan at present, whilst a couple of other who seem to be breaking into the first team. So I’m going to have a quick look at some of them and how they are doing, or my views on them.

November 4, 2011
Posted by Matthew Evans on 11/04/2011

If the suggestions from the media are to prove correct, then it seems that Zoltan Gera is in line for his 2nd West Brom debut. The return of Gera will give an immediate lift to any Albion fan, you only had to see the reception he got at The Hawthorns for the Liverpool match-and he didn't even come off the bench!

I believe that Roy Hodgson saw the addition of Zoltan Gera as key when composing his squad for the season. Gera was injured at the time, and it was quite a big risk that the Baggies took. But I think the reason we took the risk is because Hodgson sees Gera as the final part of the jigsaw, in either a 4-4-2 or a 4-5-1.

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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