West Brom were a surprise package last season, finishing 8th. They will find it hard to relive that this year, but will try with the likes of Nicolas Anelka coming in. Watford’s top scorer last season, Matej Vydra has also joined on loan, and will look to prove himself at a higher level. The experience of fellow loan signings Goran Popov and Diego Lugano will be an invaluable asset, as without Romelu Lukaku’s goals, the Baggies may struggle. Steve Clarke’s team will be hard working and very hard to beat, especially at the Hawthorns.
Key Player: Shane Long. The Irishman finished last season with 8 goals, however it’s his pace and work rate which his managers treasure. A tireless runner, Long is often deployed from a wide position running at the full backs, which explains his lower goal tally. He is also well versed in being an impact substitute, although he won’t want to hold on to that tag this season.
One to Watch: George Thorne. The England Under-19 midfielder made a handful of appearances last season before suffering a long term injury. During his 4 league games, including against Manchester United, his passing and energy earned plaudits. He will no doubt want to carry on his progression and make an impact on the first team this year.