Terry Wills talks about Albion’s prospects for the rest of the season.
Whatever else can be said surely no Albion fan can claim it’s been an uneventful season – or can they?
There’s been steady progress that at one stage raised cautious optimism that European football could be seen at the Hawthorns next season (not that I honestly believed it) but reaching a dizzy top eight spot made a pleasant change from scouring the league table seeing how many teams were below instead of above Tony Pulis’ now more adventurous approach.
A few weeks ago goalscoring became the norm but how times can change! No goals in the last four matches, Salamon Rondon and Robson Kanu way off the target and it’s reached the stage where unless this is rectified a top half finish could be in doubt.
The five remaining Greed League games starting with Leicester’s visit, will each in their own way be difficult. Burnley and Manchester City away, last home game against a resurgent and probably title-winning Chelsea, plus a trip to Swansea who may well need three points to avoid relegation.
Talk/speculation regarding next season is rife. Pulis, his players and supporters recognise the desperate need for new players, especially in the striking department. Which begs the never ending question about whether our Chinese owner will be be prepared to splash the cash to bring in top-rated players, something that Albion have been reluctant to do under Jeremy Peace’s administration
But that’s for the future. All we can do for now is to wait and see if we can reach our first ever fifty points Greed League total and retain a comfortable, no worries position. Albion’s prospects for the visit of Leicester? IF the Baggies are at their best, and depending on who may be missing, we could get a result but as the Foxes are now showing the form that enabled them to pull off the biggest shock of all time it will/could be difficult,
My forecast? Who knows, but the most I can hope for is a sharing of the points. Come on you Baggies.