WEST BROM PREDICTED STARTING XI IN CRUNCH LEAGUE CLASH AGAINST WATFORD

 

Steve Bruce is only going to make one key change to his West Brom team from the opening day draw for the visit of Watford in the Championship on Monday (8 August). This early in the season the Baggies boss won’t want to rock the boat too hard by chopping and changing his line-up. And after a creditable point away at Chris Wilder’s side, who finished one place outside of the playoffs last season, there is little reason to pull players out of the starting XI.

However, in the first home game of the season the Albion manager’s main decision will be to withdraw Karlan Grant in favour of big-money January signing Daryl Dike as he goes in search of goals. Bruce revealed in his Thursday press conference that Grant, who was arguably the player of the year in a pretty dismal 2021/22 campaign, is carrying a slight complaint, which shouldn’t prevent his involvement entirely but should put the American up top ahead of him.
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BENITEZ’S ‘GREAT PLAYER’ STALLING ON NEWCASTLE EXIT DESPITE THREE OFFERS

Dwight Gayle is stalling on a potential exit from Newcastle United this summer as offers to join Middlesbrough, Watford or West Brom are yet to interest the outcast Magpies striker. That’s according to The Northern Echo, who report the trio of Championship sides have all made Gayle offers this summer. But neither deal tabled to date has included an acceptable figure, while Newcastle have not yet received a suitable financial package to advance talks. United anticipate Gayle will leave St James’ Park at some stage during the summer sales as he is not a part of Eddie Howe’s plans. The Toon boss has told the 32-year-old to train with the club’s reserves with fellow fringe players Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick for pre-season.

Talks remain ongoing between Newcastle chiefs and their counterparts at Middlesbrough, Watford and West Brom over their interest in Gayle. Ground must be made on the side of the Championship trio if either is to secure the forward’s services before the season starts. Gayle would be most interested in moving to Middlesbrough as a switch from Tyneside to Teesside would not see him need to relocate, per Chronicle Live. Toon decision-makers are also hopeful Chris Wilder’s side present an improved offer so Howe can sign a new striker. Continue reading “BENITEZ’S ‘GREAT PLAYER’ STALLING ON NEWCASTLE EXIT DESPITE THREE OFFERS”

CHOUDHURY, A TARGET FOR WEST BROM

Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury is a target for English Championship side West Brom this summer according to English publication Express and Star. West Brom manager Steve Bruce is overseeing a major rebuild at the club this summer following the failure to secure instant promotion to the Premier League.


West Brom suffered relegation from the Premier League last season alongside Fulham and Sheffield United, but they failed to return to the division at the first time of asking despite an excellent start to the season under new manager Valerien Ismael. Frenchman Ismael was given the job of taking the Baggies back to the Premier League after his successful spell at Barnsley. Continue reading “CHOUDHURY, A TARGET FOR WEST BROM”

BAGGIES EYEING LOAN DEAL FOR YOUNGSTER

West Brom manager Steve Bruce is keen on a loan move for young Newcastle United attacker Elliot Anderson. According to the report from inews, the Baggies want to sign the 19-year-old on loan from Newcastle United next season after impressing during his loan spell at Bristol City in League Two.


Anderson impressed a great deal under the management of former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton at Bristol City as he showed that his quality is above League Two football. The attacker had an attacking return of seven goals and three assists in 20 appearances in the colours of Bristol City. Continue reading “BAGGIES EYEING LOAN DEAL FOR YOUNGSTER”

FULHAM EXCEL WHERE WEST BROM FAIL

West London side Fulham have excelled where West Brom failed after they secured promotion back to the Premier League after the first time of asking. Fulham and West Brom were relegated from the English top flight at the end of last season alongside Sheffield United, but the Baggies have not been able to secure an instant return to Premier League football.

West Brom ended their Premier League campaign last season with Sam Allardyce in charge after the ex-England national team manager replaced the sacked SlavenBilic in December 2020.Allardyceis known as a specialist when it comes to keeping teams  in the Premier League, but he was unable to keep West Brom in the Premier League last season despite having a lot of games to do the job. He left the Baggies at the end of last season and they turned to Frenchman Valerien Ismael who has surprisingly taken Barnsley to the Championship playoffs last  season before they were beaten by Welsh team Swansea City in the playoff semifinals. Continue reading “FULHAM EXCEL WHERE WEST BROM FAIL”

                             WEST BROM INTENSIFY ATTEMPTS TO SIGN NAISMITH

English Championship club West Bromwich Albion are looking to bolster their squad as they look to mark a return to English top flight football. They have started making plans and identifying players they want to sign this summer and they are progressing remarkably. The Baggies are among a host of clubs that are showing keen interest in Luton Town defender Kal Naismith, according to reports from Football League World.


The 30-year-old joined Luton in the January transfer window at the beginning of 2021 and he has a contract at the club until the end of the season. Premier League clubs Burnley and Norwich City are interested in him, while several Championship clubs like Stoke City, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield United along with the Baggies are looking to snap him up. Continue reading ”                             WEST BROM INTENSIFY ATTEMPTS TO SIGN NAISMITH”

READING HANDED DOUBLE INJURY BOOST

Reading have been handed a double boost on the injury front ahead of their English Championship clash with West Brom this weekend. The Royals would be the guests of West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday and they have received a positive injury news on two of their players in time for the West Brom game.

Royals boss Veljko Paunovic gave an injury update on those two players in his pre-match press conference for the West Brom encounter. Earlier in the week, Liam Moore and Junior Hoilett were spotted in Reading training with the rest of their teammates. Continue reading “READING HANDED DOUBLE INJURY BOOST”

BRUCE PLANS PROMOTION PUSH AT ALBION

West Brom is currently locked in a battle with Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Luton and Sheffield for a spot in the playoffs. They are currently sixth with just three points separating the five teams. New manager Steve Bruce has promised that he would do all that he possibly can to ensure that his team secures a place.

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Bruce signed an eighteen-month contract with the Albion side, and he hoped that his years managing top sides would come in handy in the coming months. For this to happen, he would need to drop his tag as a relegation “escape” expert into a manager that can steer a team into championship place material.
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CHAMPIONSHIP: WEST BROM CLOSE GAP

West Brom have closed the gap on leaders Bournemouth in the English Championship following their slim win over newcomers Hull City. The Baggies are back in the second tier of English football after suffering demotion from the Premier League at the end of last season and they played hosts to newly promoted Championship outfit Hull City in their latest league game.


At the end of proceedings, West Brom were able to narrow the points deficit between them and Bournemouth at the top of the Championship standings with a 1-0 win over Hull City. KarlanAhearne-Grant scored the only goal of the game shortly after the midpoint of the second half. Continue reading “CHAMPIONSHIP: WEST BROM CLOSE GAP”

SOUTHAMPTON IN JANUARY BID FOR JOHNSTONE

Southampton are reportedly plotting a move for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone ahead of the January transfer window next year. This is according to the report from English publication The Express and Star which stated that the Saints want to steal a march on other interested teams such as the London duo of West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur in the quest to sign the Baggies shot stopper.

 

Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are waiting patiently to snap up ex-Manchester United shot stopper Johnstone on a free transfer when his West Brom contract ends next summer. However, Southampton are prepared to offer West Brom a fee for his transfer at the start of next year when the England international will have some months to run on his existing deal at the Hawthorns. Continue reading “SOUTHAMPTON IN JANUARY BID FOR JOHNSTONE”