Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Ben Woodburn could pursue a temporary move away from the Merseyside outfit before the transfer window closes next month. The youngster was loaned out to Sheffield United during the first half of the season but the move was far from fruitful with him failing to earn regular game time.
Ultimately, Woodburn returned to the Reds after sustaining an ankle injury in training with the Blades, but he has since recovered from the setback to participate with the first-team in training. Speaking to reporters, Klopp hailed Woodburn as an ‘outstanding talent’ but suggested that the youngster was impatient with the decision-making in the summer.
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Darren Moore has made it clear that there won’t be any change in the approach his team has been carrying on the pitch in the on-going season. West Bromwich Albion has been one of the most attacking teams in UK this summer as no team has found the net as many times as them in the top four tiers of English Football till this stage of the season.
However as they have been lethal with their attack, West Brom has been that much loose on their defense and so far there has been only one match where they have ended up without conceding any goal and that’s the reason why, despite being so good attackingly, they haven’t had as many results in their favor as they would have liked to.
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West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matt Phillips has admitted that team are disappointed after they could only muster a draw during the recent Championship game against Brentford. The Baggies were the dominate side with twice the number of attempts as Brentford last weekend but they were ultimately left frustrated with a 1-1 draw.
Speaking after the game, Phillips said that the team are distraught by the late equaliser from the visiting team but they need to move on with every point crucial towards their aim of gaining promotion, he said:“In the first half we created plenty of chances and we we replaying well. It was a bit of a kick in the teeth that we only take a point from the game but it’s another point towards our final target. The most disappointing thing is that we had so many chances. There were enough chances to win the game but this is a difficult league. It’s pleasing that we’re creating the chances and the lads are big enough characters to move on and look to Friday.”
Against Brent ford, the Baggies broke the deadlock during the 77th minute and it appeared that they had secured the three points before Brent ford came up with a stoppage time equaliser through Lewis MacLeod. Despite the outcome, the Baggies are occupying the third position with35 points on the board but they cannot afford another lapse with just one point separating them from seventh-placed Derby County.
The west Midlands outfit are scheduled to face cross-town rivals Aston Villa in their next Championship fixture on Friday and the game could prove a tricky prospect for them with the Villains having picked up their form over the past month. Dean Smith’s side have dropped just two points from their previous five league matches and the Baggies may need to produce their best to outsmart the visitors this weekend.
West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore has hailed the fighting spirit of his team after they came from two goals down during the final five minutes of their Championship clash at Sheffield Wednesday night. The Baggies were seemingly on the cusp of a third league defeat with Wednesday holding a comfortable 2-0 lead but a late flurry ensured that they managed to leave the Hillsborough Stadium with a share of the spoils.
Speaking after the game, Moore was very pleased with the outcome of the match and hailed the never dying spirit of the current squad, he said: “It was a strong finish and one that I was very, very pleased with – the character, the spirit of the group, the willingness to keep going to the end. Everybody in the squad played their part and we’ve come away with a valuable point having been two goals down. This place is a wonderful arena for football. They set up against us and made it very difficult. We had to find a way to get back into the game and we did. Credit to everybody at the football club for digging out the result.”
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Dwight Gayle has highlighted his ambition to secure promotion with West Bromwich Albion during the ongoing campaign. The 27-year-old recently signed for the the Baggies on a season-long loan as part of an agreement which has witnessed Salomon Rondon join Newcastle United on a similar kind of deal.
Speaking to WBA TV, he said: “Scoring goals is one of the best feelings. I love scoring goals and hopefully I can score as many as I can here. It’s a difficult league to get used to. You need a bit of variety. At Newcastle, we didn’t start strongly but it was about mentality, getting results and building on performances each week. I know the experience and quality we have in the dressing room. I’m looking forward to getting out there, performing, making the fans happy, and getting promoted.”
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West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster has said that he will not leave the club even if the club gets relegated. It is becoming increasingly likely that West Brom will be relegated at the end of the season and the goalkeeper said that he does not believe that all the players will be leaving the club.
He admitted that there are some players that have release clauses in their contract and that this will be activated once the club is relegated. However, he believes that not everyone will be leaving the boat.
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West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has pledged his future to the Baggies for next season regardless of their league status. The west Midlands outfit are on the cusp of relegation from the English top-flight but this has not stopped the Northern Irishman from prolonging his stay via a 12-month extension clause.
In a report covered by The Mirror, he said: “I’ve triggered next year as an option. I will be here next year unless anybody tells me otherwise. Unless somebody comes in with drastic new ideas, everybody has to accept their bit of responsibility for what’s gone on this year and I’m no different. I think if we can get the right blend and the right mix next year and have a good go it could be a positive season for us. Every year in the Premier League you are throwing millions at it to just be a survivor.” Continue reading “Chris Brunt Pledges Commitment To West Bromwich Albion For Next Season”
West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has suggested that the club’s survival hopes are very much alive despite dropping eight points adrift of 17th-placed Southampton. The Baggies have lost their last five Premier League games, but Pardew remains hopeful of beating the drop by an example from Leicester City’s book.
Back in the 2014/15 season, the Foxes were facing the prospect of relegation at the first time of calling, but they managed to survive after winning seven of their last nine Premier League matches. Eventually, they finished six points ahead of the relegation places, and they went on to historically win the top-flight title under Claudio Ranieri in the season which followed.
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West Bromwich Albion potentially face the risk of losing Jonny Evans for a cut-price fee of just £3m in the summer. The Northern Irishman joined the Baggies from Manchester United for £8m back in 2015, and he has since evolved into the go-to man in the Baggies defence.
Evans has been linked with a number of elite clubs this month including Manchester City and Arsenal, and it is suggested that the Baggies could be tempted to do business before the close of the winter transfer window. According to BBC Sport, the west Midlands side could potentially find themselves making a hefty loss on Evans, should they prolong his exit until the summer.
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West Brom May have lost to Arsenal last night but for their veteran midfielder, Gareth Barry, it was a night he will never forget. The 2-0 defeat was his 633rd Premier League game, a new appearance record for the 25 years of the Premier League era. An incredible achievement for the 36 year old. A true testament to his durability and ability.
The accolades were pouring in pre-game but in typical Barry style, he just took them all in his stride and got on about the business of playing football. You just knew that in this game of all games, Barry would be involved in the pivotal moment and sure enough midway through the first half he was.
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