November 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.
October 7, 2011
Well it's that time again, International break. There isn't a lot to talk about on the Baggies front, with the only real bit of news being Albion's pursuit of the young Dundee United midfielder Scott Allan, who is supposedly of interest to Alex Ferguson and Man United. So I thought I would write something about the International break, and whether it is good or bad for us.
From a fans perspective it’s terrible, especially with the upcoming fixtures. The Black Country derby with Wolves, and then another derby with Aston Villa. Certainly for the Wolves game, the nerves are beginning to build already. Neither side are in great form, and with Albion yet to win at home, you just know it’s going to be a close, tense affair. The thought of seeing Wolves celebrate a win at the Hawthorns is something I don’t want to think about.
April 2, 2011
And the people asked for questions and answers about the West Brom-Liverpool game, and they were appeased. This was not just a conversation I had with myself, though, I discussed - in a roundabout way - the Liverpool game with Noel, from the Liverpool Offside.
August 29, 2010
Chelsea were okay, Manchester United weren't much better, Spurs lost at home and Arsenal only just scraped past Blackburn. In short, it's time for one of English football's big teams to step up. It's Anfield, it's coming off the back of a big win in the cup, it's West Brom's time to shine (you'll realise what The Blog's done there and you'll think: "oh, The Blog's good, It's very, very good")
August 8, 2010
Hello and welcome to The West Brom Blog: you are the reader, This is The Blog. Eventually we will strike up some kind of rapport, but writing this at 1:55AM, there is no time for that. Instead, onto a brief, poor analysis of West Brom's probable starting XI.
June 2, 2009
Albion may have been nestled at the bottom of the league since mid-November, but it took 37 rounds for the relentless Baggies to concede relegation to the Championship. Although Mowbray’s men were always labeled as victims for the drop, rather then candidates for survival, a late rally of positive results was a reminder that a comeback was never too far from Albions reach. However, their lack of quality and inability to convert scoring opportunities ultimately decided that they weren’t prepared for another season in England’s top flight.
May 9, 2009
With the Baggies almost certainly bound for the Coca-Cola Championship next season, many fans have already begun questioning their future in the second division including their capability of bouncing back to the top flight. Knowledgeable supporters of recurrently promoted and relegated teams will often say that it is in fact more difficult to secure birth in the Premier League than it is to survive for a single season in one of Europe’s most dominant leagues. Just this season, we’ve seen Birmingham City promoted back to the Premiership a year after their relegation, but conversely have also witnessed the relegation of Norwich City, Southampton and Charlton Athletic, all of which participated in the Premier League just four years ago; Charlton just two years ago. So what will the Baggies have to do to assure promotion to Premier League next season?
March 24, 2009
"I think they understand it becomes more difficult but they have got to keep applying themselves. I only asked them to play in the way we set the team up to play and keep going. I enjoy watching my team play." Said Tony Mowbray following the Baggies 1:1 draw against Bolton on Sunday.
Like Mowbray, Albion fans may enjoy watching their team play, but they certainly aren't relishing the Baggies current eight-game winless streak. Which begs the question: would you rather be entertained with an attractive brand of football or win matches at the price of witnessing a more defensive and less entertaining style of play? In Albion's case, it may be regarded as the difference between survival and relegation.
February 19, 2009
The prospect of relegation undeniably seems like the most likley route for Albion come the end of the season. Months ago I wrote off the Baggies, suggesting that they utterly lacked the sufficeint quality to compete in the Premier League and that the only possibility of survival would be in the form of something identical to that of the Great Escape during the 2004-05 season.