Boing-Boing Baggies? Maybe not for much longer

by Ben McAleer

Monday, November 1st, 2010
 

It was becoming an all too similar situation for West Brom fans, promotion from the Championship one season, relegation from the Premiership the next (bar, of course, the ‘Great Escape’ of 2005 and the Championship Play Off Final defeat to Derby in 2007). Yet, under the guidance of former Chelsea midfielder, Roberto Di Matteo, West Brom have made a solid start to the 2010/11 campaign as they find themselves in 6th, level on points with Champions League new boys Spurs with a game in hand.

The said game in hand is against the 2010 Championship Play Off winners Blackpool tonight (Monday) on Sky and a win for Di Matteo’s West Brom would lift the Baggies to 4th place ahead of title hopefuls Manchester City and Tottenham, a team hoping to establish themselves as a Champions League outfit. Despite a horrid start to the season (a 6-0 loss to current league leaders Chelsea) West Brom have managed to pick up four out of six points away to Manchester United and Arsenal whilst a draw at home to Tottenham has aided their cause for comfortable Premiership survival if they continue to perform the way they are now.

Maybe I am getting ahead of myself with the Baggies having only played nine games prior to tonight’s encounter with Blackpool  but, with the style of play Di Matteo has his team playing and willingness to attack any team in front of them, it is hard to imagine West Brom falling foul to their old Yo-Yo trick of yesteryear. Much of the credit has to go to Di Matteo for West Brom becoming a threat to Premiership teams leading to a much deserved Manager of the Month award in September coupled with a place in the Quarter Finals of the Carling Cup re-enforcing the credentials of the former MK Dons manager. So much so, in fact, that Di Matteo is already being touted about a move to a ‘bigger club’ (SSN words, not mine) talk that was quashed early on by the West Brom manager.

With the signings of former Reading full back Nicky Shorey, ex-Wigan utility man Paul Scharner and Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie all aiding with West Brom’s successful start to the 2010/11 season, Di Matteo will be hoping the current squad will, finally, be able to establish themselves as a Premiership team. The start they have made is promising but, as I previously mentioned, with West Brom having only played nine games of the 2010/11 season, talk of becoming an established Premiership outfit is pre-mature to say the least.

With another twenty nine games to between now and May, West Brom could still find themselves back in the Championship for the 2011/12 season along with any number of clubs from the Premiership. What is pivotal now is for the Baggies to add to the current crop of players whilst keeping hold of Di Matteo as manager and who knows, maybe 2011 is the year West Brom manage to, comfortably, remain a Premiership team.

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  • Baggie Boy

    Nice words, but what a lot of reports do not seem to realize is that the boing boing is our way of celebrating a goal and has nothing at all to do with yoyo,ing.

  • http://thebeautifulgameweekly.blogspot.com/ Ben McAleer

    I know that it was just a play on words for the article. Di Matteo is doing an amazing job up at The Hawthorns though

  • Mick O’Baggie

    Nice article but there are only 19 games left not 21 …
    boing boing

  • Owen

    Whilst I would love for W.B.A to stay up it is very eary in the season to be making any predictions. Im sure if I was a fan I would be getting very excited about the current position of the team..but I think it is vital that expectations dont go to crazy at the Hawthorns. That is how the plight of most managers come about in the 1st place. The table is very tight at the moment and can change drastically after one weekend (Birmingham are only 2 wins off a Champions League spot!)

    I hope Di Matteo keeps things going well and if he doesnt then I hope the baggies fans will still be sticking by him. With ties to the Boro legend Tony Mowbray I will be wishing the Albion all the best for the season.

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