West Bromwich Albion have established themselves for some time now as a Premier League club. This season sees their 7th consecutive season in the top flight of English football.
Although they currently sit in 8th position, West Brom’s season has been quite a successful one so far. Under the reign of Tony Pulis, they can be a formidable team to play against. In their last seven games, West Brom have won four games, drawn two and lost to Tottenham. Not bad for a team establishing themselves in the Premier League.
Why do I think they are the dark horses of the season? Probably because with West Brom you think they are a mid-table side. Yes, maybe, but this season they have put in some great performances with good results. More than likely they will miss out on European football in my opinion but I think they could finish strongly.
With a captain like Darren Fletcher, you can see why “The Baggies” are doing so well. A player moulded by Sir Alex Ferguson back at Manchester United to then come into the West Brom side and bring his experience into the squad.
Other players in the West Brom squad include Salomon Rondon upfront. A broad centre-forward who can hold up the ball, finish and win aerial duels. Nacer Chadli another strong player and very good at finishing.
Another notable player is Gareth McAuley. Although probably known more for a blunder or two, McAuley is still playing regularly at the age of 37. He has played 25 times in the league this season and has five goals contributing to some key results.
Ben Foster is still the first choice goalkeeper under Tony Pulis. At the age of 33, he usually gets put under the limelight but still gets the job done. Other players in the West Brom squad include Matt Phillips, Chris Brunt, James Morrison and their most recent signing Jake Livermore.
The West Brom squad consists of many homegrown players. This shows that coaches and staff at West Brom are doing a good job. I watched them a couple of weeks ago and the way they played I thought they looked like a top six side. I know what you’re thinking, that they aren’t a top six side. They might not be but at times they can actually play like one.
Something this season has seemed to have clicked for “The baggies”. They have players who can hold up the ball, win headers, pass the ball and even defensively at times can perform at a high level. They have a depth to the squad. Yes, they might have one main striker but they have midfielders who can help out in attacking positions.
If they carry on their run of good form I believe it could be West Brom’s best season yet in the Premier league. With their next two games against teams in the bottom half of the table, they have an opportunity to pick up some big points.
Tony Pulis looks to have his team mentality set right and his man management skills are key to West Brom’s overall finish this season. I think Pulis knows that it is a big task to face but he will want his team to finish as high as possible.