This past weekend, West Bromwich Albion were relegated from England's top flight. The team lacked the quality to survive, and even despite Sam Allardyce turning them into a well-functioning team, they couldn't make up the necessary ground to stay in the division. But if there was one shining light in the otherwise unremarkable season for the Baggies, it would have to be their star attacking midfielder - Matheus Pereira.
TheMastermindSite covered Thomas Tuchel's first win and first draw at Chelsea, so it's only fitting we also cover their first loss under the German manager as well. Chelsea were absolutely atrocious on Saturday, red card aside, and West Brom had their best game in the Premier League in several years. This all culminated in a stunning 5-2 win, with West Brom in full flow and suddenly with a false sense of hope about their survival chances for the rest of the season. Chelsea meanwhile had their dreams of third place dashed before their eyes, as they will likely now need to scrap to the finish line to now scrape into fourth. Here is a Tactical Analysis of West Brom's big win over the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
At the time of Sam Allardyce's arrival at West Bromwich Albion, the Baggies looked dead and buried with no hope of survival. Four months on from that, Allardyce's side still look as though they have no hope at all of survival. Allardyce's perfect record of staying alive in the league without ever suffering relegation appears to be over, unless he somehow gets himself sacked before the end of the season and saves his record for another year. But although the Baggies look destined to drop down into the EFL Championship, Allardyce has changed West Brom's fortunes to an extent, with some decent performances against the likes of Wolves, Manchester United and Brighton. His rigid 4-1-4-1 system and the recent additions of the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne have inspired a better spell of form, with some sense of stability as the final third of the season approaches. Had these players started at the club at the beginning of the season, it's very likely that Big Sam's team would be far closer to Fulham right now than they are. So with that, here is a Tactical Analysis of Sam Allardyce's West Bromwich Albion since his arrival in December 2020.
The Mastermind brings you an exclusive guide to every single Premier League team going into the highly anticipated 2017-18 season. From lineups, to transfers to the wackiest of predictions, The Mastermind has you covered. Here is your guide to a team with a new manager but a very familiar look, Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace Introduction … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Crystal Palace
This week the Premier League was a little bit strange as normally a "Gameweek" or "Matchday" only lasts the weekend but this time it started Saturday and ended Thursday. So if you were wondering why the usual Team of the Week didn't arrive this past Monday as it usually might, that is the reason. Another … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 34
Matchday 27 has officially come to a close with a bundle of big wins and far too many star performers to count. It seems crazy that there are only 10 games left now in the 2016-17 Premier League season. It seems to have flown by without warning and with the way these past couple of … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 27
After a 4-0 defeat to fellow relegation battlers Sunderland on Matchday 24, Crystal Palace look down and out and destined to go down to the Championship. Since Sam Allardyce has taken over as Palace boss the Eagles have won just 20% of their matches, 2 wins from 10 games. One of those wins came just … Continue reading Crystal Palace Will Go Down This Season
Let's face it, no Premier League club has had a perfect start to the 2016-17 season. No side apart from maybe Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have truly shown their full potential on a consistent basis so far this season and even Klopp's Liverpool slumped to a stunning defeat to Burnley. Most clubs have been getting by without … Continue reading The Player That Every Premier League Club Has Missed in 2016-17