West Bromwich Albion were always going to be up against it after being given a tough opening day away fixture against Chelsea. And so it proved!
I’m sure West Brom won’t be the only side on the receiving end of a thrashing from the reigning Premiership champions.
All the Baggies can do is put this result behind them and look ahead to the home game against Sunderland which is a must-win in my opinion. Not sure what the Albion fans think?
As Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day, West Brom’s season starts next weekend against Steve Bruce’s side. Bearing in mind that Albion’s next three away games are against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, it is vital that West Brom pick up points at home.
Reflecting back on the game against Chelsea, West Brom really do have to improve in all departments.
I know it was only the first game of the season but I’m sure Di Matteo will be disappointed with some of the goals they conceded.
Scott Carson spilled Didier Drogba’s free-kick which led to Chelsea’s first goal. Looking at the replays, Carson should have held on to it.
Up until Chelsea scored their second goal, Albion were well in it and I thought to myself perhaps this game will not be one sided after all.
But Chelsea’s second goal was a sucker punch and from there it was difficult to see how West Brom were going to get back in the game. Had the wall done its job then, Albion would have been trailing by only one goal at half-time.
Had Albion not conceded on the stroke of half-time, I’m sure the players and the fans would have believed they might have got something out of the game.
We saw that even if you make small mistakes in the Premiership you will get punished. That’s how harsh this league is.
One of our best players on the pitch in my opinion was Jerome Thomas. Thomas gave Chelsea’s right-back Paulo Ferreira some problems and the former Portsmouth player’s pace did give Chelsea something to think about.
Apart from that there were not many stand out performances for the Baggies. It is obvious to all West Brom fans that the Albion do need a striker. But who?
Jason Roberts has been linked with a move to West Brom for a number of weeks now. Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce is looking to offload Roberts and the ex-Wigan striker may well be heading to The Hawthorns for a second spell with the club.
Roberts did struggle in his first season in the Premiership and he did also have a fall out with then manager Gary Megson. Now Jason has had the experience of playing in England’s top league with Blackburn and Wigan, maybe he would be a useful addition to the squad.
He won’t get you 20 goals per season but his experience could come in handy for this season anyway for West Brom.
One striker who I would love to see at The Hawthorns is Stoke City’s Tuncay. The Turkish international has not has the best of times at the Britannia Stadium and he has now found himself behind the likes of Ricardo Fuller, Mamady Sidibe and new signing Kenwyne Jones as well as Dave Kitson in the pecking order.
Albion have been linked with Tuncay earlier this summer and I think he would do a decent job for West Brom. I’m not sure if he is capable of being the lone striker in a 4-5-1 formation but he does know where the back of the net is.
Realistically who would you like to see the Baggies sign before the end of the transfer window? Are there any other strikers you would like to see signed up by Roberto Di Matteo?