Although the squad has made some great big singings throughout the summer, they will be headed by an untested manager.
After a high 8th place Premier League finish in the 2012-13 season, West Bromwich Albion struggled greatly in the following year. Last season saw them barely hang on to a Premier League spot, as they were very close to the relegation zone with a 17th place finish.
However this time around things may turn out better for the Baggies, as they managed to secure the services of some high profile names. After begin released by Manchester City, West Brom moved quickly to sign imposing defender Lescott. They have also bought attacker Ideye Bronw from Dynamo Kiev for around GBP 10 million.
One of the stars of the Costa Rican national side that surprised everyone with their efforts at the 2014 World Cup was also on the Baggies’ radar. Defender Cristian Gamboa was snatched up for an estimated GBP 2 million from Norwegian side Rosenborg.
Inexperienced manager leads West Brom
Although the team seems well equipped, the newly appointed manager, Alan Irvine, has never before tasted the Premier League. For the past three years he was tasked with managing Everton’s youth academy, so the Baggies will prove a real test for him.
For this reason online sportsbooks in the UK don’t put too much faith in West Brom making a splash in the Premier League and finishing on the top half of the table. Bet365 assigned them odds of 1.14 (1/7) to finish at the bottom half of the table.