While we peer out onto the dark and deserted ice-rink that is a post-elimination FA Cup weekend , here is a something about West Bromwich Albion and why Roy Hodgson probably felt comfortable taking the job.
The official 25 man squad is below. What’s interesting is the number of players who have been linked to Fulham which, when you factor in the players we already have from there (Gera, Greening, Kamara), does make you think. About what I’m not sure. The squad:
Giles Barnes (HG) – Hodgson brought him to Fulham on loan but didn’t use him. Doesn’t seem to have been in West Brom’s squads since Hodgson arrived. Remember the MOTD2 clip of him eating a sandwich at Man City?
Roman Bednar (on loan at MKE Ankaragucu) – strikes me as a Hodgson type player, but MKE Ankaragucu can’t be nearby
Chris Brunt (HG) – the one that got away in Lawrie Sanchez’s NI land grab (him and Kyle Lafferty). We got Hameur Bouazza instead, and all that this entailed
Scott Carson (HG) – should do well under Kelly, I assume (is Kelly there?)
Simon Cox (HG) – not really linked to Fulham, but often cropped up on TiFF as a “one to watch”; predictable results now he’s not playing in League 1 (The Earnshaw Effect). Worth having if they do go down though
Graham Dorrans – excellent player
Marc-Antoine Fortuné – I’m sure we nearly bought him at one point but the player said no and went somewhere else. So another good thing for Roy
Dean Kiely (HG) – strange that he and Paddy Kenny are still kicking around. I confused both with one-another, and here they both are, still there or thereabouts
Ishmael Miller (HG) (on loan at QPR) – one of my favourite footballer names. “Ishmael Miller”. Yes
James Morrison (HG) – the lizard king; can he do anything?
Boaz Myhill (HG)
Steven Reid (HG) – I feel sure he must have been a Fulham target at some point. That sort of player
Paul Scharner – long term transfer target in Hodgson’s time. Disturbing hair, as if to say “I’m a bit mad, me”
Nicky Shorey (HG) – played for Hodgson when Konch was injured
Jerome Thomas (HG) – often rumoured to be a transfer target, I think during Hodgson’s early days
Gianni Zuiverloon – everything that Ishmael Miller is not
(also Carlos Vela, another player who was linked to Fulham in a loan deal)
If Liverpool was the wrong job, WBA must be the right one. A decent group of mid-tier players who can’t defend and need organising. Perfect. They’ll be the new Fulham before we know it. Get your money on those 0-0 away games (but give him a few months to calm everyone down: I’ve already been bitten by this one, going for a sure-fire 0-0 in last week’s Birmingham v WBA game, which then finished 3-1 to the away team of all things).