Although the Baggies succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, Roberto Di Matteo’s side can be rightly pleased with their performance.
Albion were so much better in all departments against Liverpool than they were against Chelsea. Despite the defeat, I’m sure many West Brom fans will be optimistic that the Baggies can survive and that there are three teams who are worse than them.
Personally I am inclined to agree with them. From what I have seen so far West Ham and Wigan do look as if they will struggle despite Roberto Martinez’s side beating Spurs at the weekend. Blackpool and Newcastle will also be fighting to survive.
Defensively West Brom were well organised against Roy Hodgson’s side and the Baggies even managed to keep Fernando Torres quiet despite the Spaniard scoring the winning goal.
Jonas Olsson was fantastic at the back and it just makes you wonder why he did not start against Chelsea. But still when called upon the Swede did his job and he put in some crunching tackles.
The only criticism I would have of the defence is that there were times where they were playing football near their own penalty area. If in doubt just hoof it clear or put it out into touch. Apart from that, the defence was solid and debutant Nicky Shorey looked assured at left-back.
One positive was that every time West Brom went forward, they always looked a threat. With Marc-Antoine Fortune up front, he was able to hold the ball and bring others into play. That’s what I like about Fortune and I personally feel he could turn out to be a decent signing.
Peter Odemwingie with his pace was always going to be a threat and there were one or two occasions where he was able to use his pace to good effect. Yousouff Mulumbu also did a solid job in front of the back four.
I did think that James Morrison’s sending off was harsh but that’s football. It was a yellow card offence but a red card was the wrong decision in my opinion.
On the transfer front, I think that Roberto Di Matteo has brought well and with the likes of Peter Odemwingie, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Somen Tchoyi, Nicky Shorey, Pablo Ibanez and now Paul Scharner on board, the Baggies have every right to feel optimistic that they can stay up.
The one thing about the current squad compared to Tony Mowbray’s squad in the Premiership is that it has experience. Fortune, Shorey, Scharner, Myhill and Steven Reid all have experience of playing in the top flight.
I am particularly impressed with the signing of the Austrian Scharner. He can play at centre back, right back, defensive midfield and even in the centre of midfield. We have seen what he is capable of during his time at Wigan and he is not a bad player at all.
Scharner can also pop in with some vital goals so he could also turn out to be a shrewd buy for West Brom.
I do feel that Albion have brought well but the next two home games are crucial against Spurs and Birmingham City. Whenever the Baggies get chances in front of goal they need to be ruthless and put the ball away.
The attitude the players showed against Liverpool was second to none and if they can continue to do that then they will stay up. But the Baggies do need to start scoring goals to stand a chance of surviving.
Let me know what you think. What are your thoughts on who the Albion have signed?
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