West Brom: Review of the season so far
A subject of interest of mine that has featured heavily in the news this year is West Bromwich Albion Football Club, due to our performances this year we have become a big talking point in the news.
Not even the most optimistic of fans would have expected West Brom to sit in the 8th place of the premier league table with eight games remaining. Following the Chinese takeover of the club in the summer manager Tony Pulis has provided more than enough stability for the club to get through this transitional period. This season fans have enjoyed massive wins at home including a 4–2 hammering of West Ham and a monumental win 3–1 against Arsenal which showcased everything West Brom are about: defensive organisation, set pieces and outworking their opponents.
This West Brom side are the biggest overachievers in the league as we have spent the least money this season by far yet we are the 8th best team in the league, enjoying a much better season than last season’s champions Leicester and also enjoying a much better season than West Ham who were one of the overachieving teams of last season.
Despite the Albion spending the least amount of money in the league, it is clear that West Brom only signed players that would be able to contribute effectively for the first team. This season’s signings include Nacer Chadli-for a club record fee, Allan Nyom, Matt Phillips, Hal Robsun-Kanu and Jake Livermore-who joined in January. The difference between West Brom and the other clubs in the league is that our player recruitment has paid off massively whereas some teams who have made big-money transfers have failed to see these players fulfil their price tag. Even Robsun-Kanu faced some difficulty at the start of his Albion career as fans weren’t happy with signing of Welsh forward Hal Robson-Kanu on a free transfer, due to his unflattering goal scoring record for Championship side Reading. Despite this, Robsun-Kanu has shown that he is more than capable of leading our line of attack when our first choice striker Salomon Rondon is unavailable. Kanu has shown this by scoring important goals in wins against Southampton and Arsenal which have no doubt been significant in this season’s campaign.
West Brom’s signings have been vital considering that we have one of the smaller squads in the league although we have been very fortunate that our players haven’t suffered many injuries thanks to the club’s fitness coaches and physiotherapists. Put simply everything to do with the club seems to be running smoothly which has definitely had a positive impact on the team’s performances on the pitch this season.
Due to the team’s performances this season many fans have professed that this Albion team is the best team we’ve had in the last thirty or so years. The club are even close to eclipsing their highest points total in the premier league, we currently stand 8th place with 44 points with our highest points total ever being 49 points in the 2012/13 season. With eight games remaining in the season this could finally be the year that West Brom surpass the 50 point mark in the premier league.