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What next for West Brom?

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On the day where Portsmouth were mathematically relegated to the Championship, local boys West Brom were promoted to join Newcastle back in the Premier League.

Baggies are a yo-yo team in recent history, and have only managed back to back seasons in the Premier League before being demoted again. To secure their place in the Premier League, many would argue that the Baggies are going to need to spend on quality players to give themselves a fighting chance.

Their finances are good, and a look over at football economy shows the healthy profit the club have been turning over during the past few seasons, a good sign in todays financial troubles. Do West Brom risk financial security for the glory of being able to crack the Premier League for a season, and manage to stay up without too much worry?

Looking at the Championship stats, West Brom’s Chris Brunt is the only striker to feature on the top goalscorers table, with a tally of 12. It’s difficult to predict whether a strikers form in one league will translate to a harder league. West Brom fans will naturally be hoping he can make the transition next season to Premier League football. Although The Baggies have the third best shots tally in the Championship with 316 on target, West Brom will probably be looking to be adding attacking fire power and can either spend big and buy someone already in the league, or take a punt on a relative unknown.

The risk to West Brom could potentially be massive. Spending big and being relegated anyway could knock West Brom’s finances askew, and have repurcussions for subsequent seasons. However, if Di Matteo can pick up some shrewd buys and mix it in with the winning formula he’s used this season, they might just be alright.

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Written by Nicole Carroll

April 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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