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West Bromwich Albion season review 2018/19

07 June 2019 | Championship | Opinion
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West Bromwich Albion season review 2018/19

The Baggies’ first season back in the Championship ends with play-off heartache.

Overview

West Brom suffered a painful play-off penalty shootout defeat to local rivals Aston Villa as they failed to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

Manager Darren Moore was surprisingly sacked in March with the club sitting comfortably in 4th place in the Championship table.

With just 10 league games remaining, The Baggies continued under the guidance of caretaker boss James Shan but ultimately missed out on promotion in devastating fashion.

Highs

West Brom spent very little time outside of the top 6 all season, spending an incredible 18 consecutive game weeks in 4th position where they eventually finished the campaign.

2 Baggies strikers finished the season with 20+ goals. Dwight Gayle, on a season long loan from Newcastle United, scored 24 goals in all competitions and former Burnley and Southampton man Jay Rodriguez netted 22 times.

Combining Premier League experience up front with the emergence of some of the club’s promising young prospects like Sam Field and Rakeem Harper, West Brom proved to be a serious threat throughout the season.

Stand out performer

Despite all the goals for West Brom, Craig Dawson was the stand out performer at the other end of the pitch. The centre-back was colossal in defence all season long and will no doubt be devasted that his play-off semi-final goal wasn’t enough to help his side reach the final at Wembley.

Lows

The play-off defeat was the obvious downer on an otherwise positive season for the club. West Brom eventually finished 9 points off an automatic promotion spot behind 2nd place Sheffield United.

As well as being the division’s second highest scorers, they did concede the most goals out of all the top 10 clubs. This clearly hampered their promotion hopes and they’ll need to address this issue if they are serious about another top 6 finish.

One to watch

Academy Graduate Sam Field played 12 times for The Baggies last season, scoring once and putting in some impressively mature performances. Expect the 21-year-old midfielder to feature a lot more heavily next season as he tries to solidify his place in the first team.

Next season

With the likes of Gareth Barry and James Morrison not being offered new contracts and the club opting not to make Dwight Gayle’s loan signing permanent, West Brom will need to rebuild in time for the start of the next campaign.

They will need to persuade Rekeem Harper to sign a new deal amidst reported interest from Premier League sides and hope that the club’s other young stars can continue to shine.

Ultimately, West Bromwich Albion should have what it takes to challenge again for promotion next season.

Predictions for Championship

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Aston VillaDerby County
27/05/2019 15:00
1
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Leeds UnitedDerby County
15/05/2019 19:45
1
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West BromwichAston Villa
14/05/2019 20:00
2
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Aston VillaWest Bromwich
11/05/2019 12:30
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England Championship - predictions, tips, statistics
Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Norwich City 94 46 27 13 6 93 57 36
2. Sheffield United 89 46 26 11 9 78 41 37
3. Leeds United 83 46 25 8 13 73 50 23
4. West Bromwich 80 46 23 11 12 87 62 25
5. Aston Villa 76 46 20 16 10 82 61 21
6. Derby County 74 46 20 14 12 69 54 15
7. Middlesbrough 73 46 20 13 13 49 41 8
8. Bristol City 70 46 19 13 14 59 53 6
9. Nottingham Forest 66 46 17 15 14 61 54 7
10. Swansea City 65 46 18 11 17 65 62 3
11. Sheffield Wednesday 64 46 16 16 14 60 62 -2
12. Hull City 62 46 17 11 18 66 68 -2
13. Brentford 61 45 16 13 16 72 59 13
14. Preston North End 61 46 16 13 17 67 67 0
15. Blackburn Rovers 60 46 16 12 18 64 69 -5
16. Stoke City 55 46 11 22 13 45 52 -7
17. Birmingham City 52 46 14 19 13 64 58 6
18. Wigan Athletic 52 46 13 13 20 51 64 -13
19. QPR 51 46 14 9 23 53 71 -18
20. Reading 47 46 10 17 19 49 66 -17
21. Millwall 44 46 10 14 22 48 64 -16
22. Rotherham 40 46 8 16 22 52 83 -31
23. Bolton Wanderers 32 45 8 8 29 29 77 -48
24. Ipswich Town 31 46 5 16 25 36 77 -41

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