I know what you are thinking. “It’s not the end of the season yet”. However for all intents and purposes it has for us. A top 6 finish is out of the question although technically possible.
I thought now was a good time to assess the players for what has been a disappointing season.
1. Sam Johnstone. 5 (out of 10)
Interestingly Sam Johnstone has proved me wrong several times in his West Brom career. I didn’t think he would do well in the prem and he did, and I thought he would be good in the championship and he hasn’t been. He has made some errors that have been very costly and that has made a difference. Out of contract at the end of the season and will probably be an anonymous prem number 2.
2. David Button. 6.
I like him as a goalkeeper. He hasn’t let anyone down and I think he would be a solid first choice with Palmer challenging him for the gloves. He is someone who likes the club and I think he will be offered a deal for next season.
3. Darnell Furlong. 6
Other than the nightmare against Nottingham forest I don’t think he has done too bad. ok going forwards and ok in defence he is reliable and has been part of a good defence. Throw ins are overrated though lol.
4. Conor Townsend. 6
Similar to furlong really. I think the championship is his level. What I would say is that I’m surprised by his age. He is 29 and I don’t think of him as such. He hasn’t really stood out positively or negatively for me.
5. Dara O’Shea. 6
He has been out for most of it so really unfair to judge him. I think next season he will be a very good player for us. Bruce likes him and so do I.
6. Kyle Bartley. 5.5.
I think he is a player who under achieves. For an experienced player he isn’t really a leader. I think he is the 4th best defender at the club currently. Will probably be a bit part player next season.
7. Semi Ajayi. 7.
Some players just work with certain managers well and others don’t. Wasn’t fancied by the previous manager, but has had a run of games. I think he will be with o Shea as the main starting CB next season.
8. Matthew Clarke. 8.
I completed a Facebook poll and he overwhelmingly came out as the Player of the season. He makes others look better, add balance to the team and gets forward as well. He looks very composed and we must go all out to sign him next season. If we do he should be captain.
9. Cedric Kipre. 5.
The complete opposite of Ajayi. I think he looked very good but Bruce doesn’t fancy him. I don’t think he has played under him yet but am happy to be proven wrong. I think we are overstocked in the CB department and he could make way in the summer.
10 Kean Bryan. 4.
How do you judge a player who has been injured all season. It’s very difficult. He came in as cover for O’Shea and immediately got injured himself. At 25 could give the more youthful look to the team moving forwards who knows?
11. Taylor Gardner-Hickman 8.5.
He has been fantastic in the games that he has played. Not played enough for player of the season but definitely and honourable mention. He is listed as a defender on the Albion website but has played in midfield. I think he is a versatile player but I hope that doesn’t hamper him. Next season needs to be played in a consistent position. Great prospect.
12. Jake Livermore. 6
The Albion captain is a really difficult one onto judge. As I mentioned in my video he can’t play 2 games in a week now. He hasn’t got the legs for it and it sets him up to fail. I don’t think he should be captain because he is ill disciplined. I think he is a useful player to rotate. Played 34 games and only had 6 shots on target and no goals illustrates perfectly another issue of lack of midfield goals. Reliable when utilised correctly.
13. Matt Phillips. 5.
16 starts and subbed off 13 times tells you everything really. He has the potential to bully people and has good quality but is too inconsistent. I know he has had some injuries this season. He is listed as a midfielder but has been played up too as well. Not going to get any better as is the wrong side of 30. Good impact player off the bench for next season.
14. Grady Diangana. 4
The most frustrating player in the Albion squad by far. He has star quality by it has been poor again this season. Next season will be the defining one of his WBA career. If he has another poor season he could be sold with a decent return as he will have 2 years left at that point.
15. Jayson Molumby. 6.5.
This may be an unpopular opinion, but I quite like him. I think him Mowatt and TGH would give a youthful look to the midfield moving forwards. We will probably sign him in the summer and at 22 years old will develop into a very useful player for us. Is he of premier league quality? Not at the moment but makes a different when he plays.
16. Adam Reach. 5.
I don’t dislike Adam Reach. I think that he doesn’t really fit into the formation being used. For me he is a left midfielder. He is a good option to protect the left back but we don’t have that option so he os shoehorned into the team and is a very selfless player who will play anywhere and do a half decent job. Very much a Meh kind of player.
17. Alex Mowatt. 7.
I am an Alex Mowatt fan I must say. He is like ABBA to me, you shouldn’t admit you like them in public lmao. On a serious note he doesn’t illustrate our season perfectly. I did a blog half way through the season and he was right up there with Clarke for me. Has lost his way in the second half of the season as has the team.
18, Callum Robinson. 6.
Most assist for the club and second top scorer would normally give a glowing reference for a player. However despite forming a decent partnership with Grant he has been underwhelming this season. Hasn’t turned up often enough and is marmite amongst the fan base.
19. Daryl Dike. 4.
An unfortunate introduction into the team becoming injured in his first start for the clubs. Excitement around shouldn’t be diluted by his injury and could be very important next season. Wanted by Val at besiktas apparently and that could be the modern version of Harry Redknapp and Jermaine Defoe. If he does go there he could win the Thanks for popping in award at Albion.
20. Andy Carroll 9.
Already a cult hero. Puts himself about and makes a difference. Gives 100% all the time sometimes to the detriment of himself. He will probably be a utility player next season particularly if Dike stays. When I did the pill on Facebook he was mentioned by a lot of people even though he wasn’t officially an option.
21. Karlan Grant. 8
I think he gets a bad time at the club. 15 goals is a very good return in a mid table team. You also need to look at where he gets them. Winning goals against Hull (twice) Luton, QPR, Blues and Blackpool have spared our blushes even more. I really like him and think him and Dike could be a very solid partnership.
Manager. Steve Bruce. 5
Underwhelming really. He has inherited the squad and I would be massively in favour of him staying next season. Needs to put his stamp on the squad next season
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