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Can West Brom Now Establish Themselves As A Top Flight Side?

In recent years West Brom have picked up the tag as the ultimate yo-yo team, proving too good for the Championship and not quite strong enough for the Premier League. This season under the guidance of Roberto Di Matteo the Baggies are looking to put that name to bed and they have made the perfect start.

West Bromwich Albion/Tottenham Hotspur Premiership 11.09.10 Photo: Tim Parker Fotosports International Roberto Di Matteo manager WBA during the game Photo via Newscom

After an opening weekend thumping at Chelsea most pundits gave West Brom very little chance of bucking the trend this year but since that result West Brom have looked a very decent side. Home wins against Sunderland and Birmingham and a respectable point against Tottenham sees the Baggies currently in 10th position. The good thing for Baggies fans is that they merit that position. Unlike previous Premier League campaigns they look capable of competing at this level and more importantly capable of scoring goals, which is something they have struggled to do in the past when in the top flight.

New signing Peter Odemwingie has proved an instant hit with the Albion fans netting two goals in his first four games and seems to be flourishing in the passing system that the Italian Di Matteo likes his side to operate under. Chris Brunt has benefited from a season back in the Championship and now looks a player who can make a real impact in the top flight. His left foot could prove a major weapon for West Brom this season. Highly sought after Graham Dorrans also brings creativity and goals to the side to give Di Matteo’s men that extra edge.

There is no denying the fact that West Brom are better equipped to stay up this time around and with sides such as Wigan and West Ham struggling West Brom and Roberto Di Matteo could just put the yo-yo name to bed. Do you think the Baggies can beat the drop this season?

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Bishopville Red

    September 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    If a team falls in the Premiership and nobody attends their games, will anybody notice?

    I’d have no problem if Wigan were to replace West Brom as the drop boys.

    SB

  2. Whiplash

    September 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Hmm. Brunt is an enigma, Dorrans hasn’t done much yet. Perhaps you should watch the Albion before commenting, then you might see the real change is at the back with the likes of Mulumbu, Tamas, Olsson and Shorey. Even Scott Carson looks full of confidence.

  3. Levis Taylor

    September 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    West Ham, Wigan and Blackpool to go down. WBA will be ok, look a decent side.

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