December 31, 2011
I would not be sat here typing away at my keyboard creating this blog! However, for Christmas I got Football Manager 2012 and have been playing constantly ever since, which as players of the game will know, has made me an expert in managing football teams and particularly making transfers.
And with the January Window open in around 2 hours time, I thought I'd draw up a list of positions that Albion need strengthening and then some of the possible options in those positions.
December 23, 2011
After the home loss to Wigan, Albion seemed like they'd be in for a poor festive period as following this game was two away games with Blackburn and Newcastle, both tricky encounters in their own right, before a home game on Boxing Day to Man City.
Albion have never won a Premier League game in December, and this run looked like it would continue with the loss to Wigan. But now Albion are sitting pretty in 10th place going into Christmas following two fantastic away wins, though both games weren't easy watching for anybody of a nervous disposition.
It was not just the results that were great, but also the performances-as a whole team and individuals. I think a lot of this is owed to a slighty change in personnel from Roy Hodgson, who moved Chris Brunt back to the left hand-side, putting James Morrison on the right and Paul Scharner brought back into the middle.
December 16, 2011
After the disappointment of the defeat against Wigan last weekend, this has been a question that has bothered Albion fans for most of the week. Firstly, I'm not sure bringing Odemwingie in against Wigan was the right move as Albion seem to work a lot better when there is a link-man between midfield and attack, so I'd have stuck with Graham Dorrans.
However, it is not hard to see why Roy Hodgson opted to include the Nigerian over Dorrans. We all know his ability, he played a big role in creating Shane Long's equaliser at QPR and a home match with Wigan was a great time to give Odemwingie some fitness and try to get the partnership firing, as if it had then there is no doubt in my mind Albion would have won the game. It was an attack minded move from a coach not renowned for such moves.
Alas, the partnership did not exactly fire on all cylinders. Albion lost the game and their seemed to be little understanding between the front two, with Odemwingie being substitued after 80 minutes(That would have done him the world of good fitness wise). I'm going to consider some of the reasons why this might be;
December 9, 2011
In our mini-league of 8th-20th the most vital thing for any of the sides in this areas is their home form. In the Premier League, you would take a point on the road every single game without fail. And so far Albion's away form has been decent, picking up 8 points from 7 games with two of those games falling against Arsenal and Chelsea.
At home, things haven't been quite as good. Albion have 7 points from 7 games, and goals have not been at a premium in home games this season. Roy Hodgson will be looking to change this, and the past two home games have given fans many promising signs with a very good, attacking display against Bolton and matching Tottenham for most of the game and quite possibly unfortune with a series of refereeing decisions.