Optimism has made a fond and welcome return to The Hawthorns after the Baggies have completed the first section of the season. Three games in and West Brom have collected a valuable seven points, although if it wasn’t for a schoolboy error from Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazi it could’ve been the perfect start to the 2017/18 campaign.
One defensive blunder shouldn’t weigh too heavily on the shoulders of Hegazi who has started his Hawthorns career with great aplomb.
Whilst on the table The Baggies cling to a Champions League place, we all know too well a more realistic target is forty points and survival. Anyone of a dozen teams faces the drop this season and the competitiveness of the league is increasing every season.
West Bromwich Albion were handed a soft start to the season and have taken their opportunities, whilst some will moan about the “West Bromwich 1 Opposition Club 0” score line, it’s a result you’d take every chance you could.
Eliminating the “Big Six” clubs alongside Southampton and Everton, West Brom find themselves equal top of the ‘Dirty dozen’ clubs who are primarily fighting for Premier League survival alongside Huddersfield Town who are experiencing somewhat of a Honeymoon period.
With a small squad we look towards the next few days with a glimmer of hope we will make a few extra signings, but also concede Johnny Evans and Nasser Chadli could also be exiting the club, although healthy profits are expected to be made from both players.
The signing of Scottish youngster Oliver Burke from the Bundesliga shows an exciting direction from the club, particularly when you stop baulking at the price tag of £15 million, something that wouldn’t have been considered at The Hawthorns a few seasons ago.
The inclusion of Gareth Barry provides stability to the midfield and provides excitement when you consider the quality of the player. Jay Rodriguez has found the net twice in the last week he provides the perfect finishing piece in the squad this season.
Whilst under no illusions, a fast start to the season is a good start.
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