Team Review: West Bromwich Albion in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 17, 2014
West Bromwich Albion in the 2013-14 Season

Premier League Finish: 17th

Match Results: W7-D15-L16

(Featured image: West Bromwich Albion | Source: Zimbio)

 

Ending the season only three points above the relegation zone, West Bromwich Albion apparently had a very difficult season. They were nine places down from their rank in the previous term although they incurred fewer defeats in their 2013-14 fixtures. Many of their battles finished only on stalemates and have conceded a great deal of goals that caused them to suffer a significant goal deficit. Coach Steve Clarke was put on a gardening leave before 2013 ended due to his squad’s poor performance and Keith Downing took charge of the team temporarily before Pepe Mel was officially announced as the new team top brass the following month.

 

A total of 10 new players signed with The Baggies last season. Nicolas Anelka of Shanghai Shenhua was the first signing in the summer window. Other notable transfers were Diego Lugano from PSG, Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, Matej Vydra from Udinese, and Victor Anichebe from Everton. Among those who moved out (eight) from the squad were Gonzalo Jara for Nottingham Forest, Goran Popov for Dynamo Kyiv, Marc-Antoine Fortune for Wigan Athletic, and Shane Long for Hull City.

 

Although they were frequently featured in sports betting sites, West Brom were rarely the favorites to win in their matches. Their unattractive form, yellow cards, and a generally inadequate “wow factor” made them less preferred by bettors. However, not all their tourneys turned out bland or disappointing. In fact, they have obtained clean sheets a few times, the most notable being their three-goal victory over Sunderland on 21 September 2013. They also almost made history at Stamford Bridge when they nearly defeated Chelsea, but ultimately ended up drawing with their opponents 2-2 following a controversial penalty decision.

 

In addition to ranking at the bottom four of the Premier League table, West Brom reached the third rounds of both the FA Cup and the League Cup. Their overall best scorers were Saido Berahino and Stéphane Sessègnon who netted nine and five goals in all competitions, respectively.