Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Harvey Barnes has joined West Brom on loan after signing a new four-year contract at Leicester City.

The England Under-20 international impressed on loan in the Championship last season, scoring five goals and supplying four assists in 18 starts for Barnsley. Recalled by Leicester in January, Barnes appeared five times for Claude Puel’s side and also starred for the development squad, scoring five goals in seven Premier League 2 outings during the second half of the campaign. The promising winger heads to West Brom following the departure of James McClean to Stoke City. West Brom head coach Darren Moore said: "We've got a lot of exciting youngsters at this club and Harvey now adds to that group. He's got good experience of the Championship already, and I am thrilled at the prospect of him adding his talents to our group. I couldn't be happier that we have been able to bring him in."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 24 - 4:24 PM

Sam Johnstone has left Manchester United permanently for Championship club West Brom.

Johnstone West Brom's manager Darren Moore's first signing of the summer transfer window. The 25 year-old leaves Old Trafford having never made a senior appearance for the club however he has a lot of senior experience gleaned from loan moves to Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United, Walsall, Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers and, most recently, Aston Villa. He was an important figure in Villa's run to the play-off final last season.
Source: manutd.com
Jul 16 - 5:30 PM

West Brom manager Darren Moore will likely give rising youngsters like Jonathan Leko, Sam Field, and Olivier Burke starts as the club look ahead to next season in the Championship.

It is likely that the club will shed expensive veterans like Salomon Rondon, Gareth Barry, and Gareth McAuley from the squad in an effort to streamline the budget in the Championship. Fortunately, Albion have a wave of youngsters with potential who may well benefit from a season starting full time in the second tier rather than watching in the top flight. Look for players like Leko, Field, Burke to start in Week 38 as a launching point for much larger roles next season.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 1:22 PM

West Brom's April flourish under Darren Moore proved to be a swansong as Southampton's 1-0 win away to Swansea condemned them to relegation.

Moore, a caretaker manager appointed following the sacking of Alan Pardrew in early April, has gone undefeated in his five games in the dugout at The Hawthorns. West Brom had looked dead and buried weeks ago when Pardrew left but unlikely wins over Spurs, Manchester United, and Newcastle United as well as draws with Swansea and Liverpool suddenly meant that unlikely permutations gave the Baggies a chance of taking their struggle to the final day. They will not have such an opportunity. Safety lies five points from them with just one game and three points available. Moore previously stated he will discuss his long-term future at West Brom after the final game of the season against Crystal Palace. No matter what, he has left an indelible mark on the minds of PL fans and administrators alike with his audition which earned him the PL's April Manager of the Month award.
May 8 - 5:06 PM

West Bromwich Albion can live to fight another day, as they are not yet mathematically eliminated from survival after grabbing a late winner in a 1-0 upset over Tottenham.

It was a classic affair at the Hawthorns, in that beautiful attacking football was nowhere to be seen, and instead a goalless draw looked to be the result. The Baggies were unsurprisingly dominated by the opponent in terms of possession but they were able to create some chances on their end. After surviving several Tottenham chances, West Brom nearly took the lead on an Ahmed Hegazi header just before the break. Salomon Rondon was set up nicely by Keiran Gibbs early in the second frame but the striker fluffed his lines. While they did well to keep Spurs out, the Baggies knew a draw would do no good as they entered stoppage time. They managed to earn a corner and a flurry around the ball ended with Livermore slotting home. West Brom must win again in their final game and somehow have Southampton and Swansea collapse, which will be difficult seeing that they play against each other.
Source: NBC Sports
May 5 - 12:14 PM

Matt Phillips scored the only goal in a tightly contested match that saw Newcastle dominate possession and both sides combine for a mere four shots on target.

It was a win that Tony Pulis would be proud of from his former charges. West Brom, as architected by Pulis, conceded the lion's share of possession but limited chances and managed a goal on one of their two shots on target. Albion are still six points from safety and have only two matches to play while their rivals at the bottom of the table all have more than that.
Source: espn.com
Apr 28 - 12:22 PM

Nacer Chadli is reportedly fit and available for Saturday's match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle at St. James' Park.

Remember when Nacer Chadli was going to be the next big mid-table thing? Things have gone horribly wrong since his first few highly productive weeks under Tony Pulis. Between under-performing when healthy and too-frequent injuries, Chadli has been a massive disappointment for much of his tenure at the Hawthorns. He could get a run out in Week 36 as the Baggies try anything to create a spark but expecting production (or even more than 60 minutes of match time) is wildly optimistic.
Source: espn.com
Apr 27 - 2:28 PM

Down two goals with just over 10 minutes to play and staring relegation in the face, West Bromwich Albion rose to the occasion with two late strikes to earn a dramatic 2-2 draw with Liverpool.

Scenes at the Hawthorns. The match started the way one would expect, with Liverpool's attack striking for an early goal. It would take until 35 minutes in for a chance at an equalizer but one chance to catch Loris Karius out of position was not converted and another attempt by Jay Rodriguez moments later missed the mark. The second half appeared to get no better for the home side. Craig Dawson was lucky to avoid a foul that would have given the Reds a penalty, then the Baggies were 0-2 down with a quarter hour to go. That's when hard work began to pay off. Jake Livermore grabbed his first goal of the campaign, following up a Dawson shot from a corner to pull one back. Then, with only a minute to go plus stoppage time, Chris Brunt whipped in a corner and Salomon Rondon was there at the near post to finish a power header. West Brom will likely escape the weekend still in contention to survive, but they need wins now.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 21 - 9:40 AM

A solitary goal from Jay Rodriguez was enough to earn bottom of the table West Brom a 1-0 win away to Manchester United.

In the early minutes, Man United held possession but couldn't craft a gilt-edged chance. On the counter attack Albion were dangerous, with DDG doing well to keep out a shot from Livermore. United were unfortunate to be denied a penalty on 18' and nearly scored seconds later when Foster stopped Lukaku turning the ball in. Foster smothered United's other opportunity in the first half, again from Lukaku, and stopped a header from the same source brilliantly after the hour mark. With 17 minutes of normal time to go, Jay Rodriguez struck it home, capitalising on a miscue by Matic defending a corner. United pressed on an Mourinho continued his attacking substitutions to no avail, with Foster saving well from Smalling at the death.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 1:00 PM

Nacer Chadli is hoping to finish his injury-ravaged season on a high after stepping up his recovery with the under-23s on Monday night.

The Belgium international was given an hour long run out for the development side in a 5-1 defeat at Brighton and could be included in Darren Moore’s matchday squad at Old Trafford this weekend. A series of hip, thigh and back injuries have restricted Chadli to just three Premier League appearances [two starts] this term and his absence is one of the main reasons why the Baggies have struggled throughout 2017/18. While his return is not expected to produce miracles, it may at least help West Brom salvage some respectability and keeps his slim hopes of making Roberto Martinez’s World Cup squad alive. Sam Field also featured on the south coast following his recent calf problem while Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training. Gareth Barry, who underwent knee surgery on Monday, and James Morrison [Achilles], are the only definite injury absentees heading into game week thirty-four.
Apr 11 - 5:38 AM

Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw versus Swansea City after a little chaos in the box. It was Rodriguez’s second goal in the last three matches and his sixth of the season.

West Brom may have gotten a point on the day, but it’s only a small victory for the Baggies who are all but set to go down. The team showed fight under new manager Darren Moore and pushed Swansea to their limits in this one but a 75th-minute dagger by Tammy Abraham ensured that the points would be shared.
Apr 7 - 12:31 PM

Gareth Barry is scheduled for knee surgery on Monday which could mean he has played his final game for the club.

West Bromwich Albion released a statement on Friday confirming Barry is "likely to be ruled out for the remainder of the Premier League season" bringing a disappointing end to his campaign. In February, Barry was one of four players fined by the club after they allegedly stole a taxi during a warm-weather training camp in Barcelona, and later that month, the 37-year-old limped off at Huddersfield and hasn’t played since. The injury failed to respond to conservative treatment and now a decision has now been taken for Barry to go under the knife. With the Baggies rooted firmly to the bottom of the table, the veteran midfielder is unlikely to add to his record Premier League appearances tally of 653. Barry also leads the all-time charts after collecting 123 yellow cards across a career spanning 20-years.
Apr 7 - 10:32 AM

Jay Rodriguez was first on the board but West Brom allowed Bournemouth to come back for a 2-1 win on Saturday.

West Brom lead the Premier League in dropping points from winning positions and they added to their total by dropping all three points after leading Bournemouth 1-0. Salomon Rondon knocked a ball down for Jay Rodriguez to score but Albion couldn't make it stand up. Goals from Jordan Ibe and Junior Stanislas powered the Cherries to a late 2-1 w in.
Source: Espn.com
Mar 17 - 1:27 PM

While the Baggies got out in front early, they weren't able to hold serve as Leicester steamrolled them to the tune of a 4-1 scoreline.

Oliver Burke got this one going early by assisting Salamon Rondon in the eighth minute but that was the only silver lining as the Baggies are surely bound for relegation now. Their biggest threat was Grzegorz Krychowiak rattling the bar in the 16th minute but Jamie Vardy pulled the Foxes level in the 21st. Both Riyad Mahrez and Kelechi Iheanacho had a goal and an assist to their names as West Brom is now eight points from safety.
Mar 10 - 12:08 PM

Chris Brunt could be handed a recall with Gareth Barry rated as a doubt for the crucial game at Vicarage Road.

The veteran midfielder was one of the players involved in the now infamous ‘Cab Four’ taxi fiasco when four senior players broke a club curfew while on a recent warm weather training camp in Barcelona. The players were disciplined internally, but they escaped any serious punishment and Jonny Evans even retained the captains’ armband. However, it now appears that Barry picked up a convenient ‘knock’ during last weekends’ horror show which saw him booed off. "I’m not sure he’ll be involved," Pardew said during Fridays press conference. His absence could see the return of Brunt following his apology for a dressing room outburst in the aftermath of the Huddersfield loss. The 33-year-old was said to be furious with his underperforming teammates and questioned the managers tactics. "It was purely frustration about not winning, and I understand that," said the Baggies boss. "I don’t have a problem with it. I have no problem with Chris Brunt or any player here."
Mar 3 - 6:58 AM


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