Brighton have 26 points after 27 rounds, and they are separated from the relegation zone only by superiority in the difference of goals scored and conceded over Fulham. The Graham Potter side have only won five times this season, fewer than only West Bromwich (3) and Sheffield (4), who occupied the bottom of the table. But, despite the results of the team, many neutral spectators are delighted with the performance of Brighton.
Josep Guardiola after the match with Brighton at a press conference spoke flatteringly about the team and the head coach:
“Before the match, I told my players that now we are in front of the best English manager. When I watched all their games, I saw that they are better than the opponent. They play better than the opponent, the statistics are better than the opponent. They have trouble scoring goals and that is why they are in this position. In the last 20 minutes of the game, we didn’t go down because we didn’t play well, but because Brighton are really good.”
Potential double transfer blow on the horizon for West Brom as journalist issues update on Brighton player, West Brom suffer deadline-day embarrassment as last-ditch loan deals fall through, West Brom down to the bare bones against Burnley with another defender missing.
Steve Bruce wanted to add the midfield pair and agreed loans until the end of the season, only for the paperwork to be submitted to the EFL after the deadline had passed. In Onomah’s case, he had completed a medical on the afternoon of deadline day in London’s Harley Street before heading to the Midlands to complete the deal.
But the paperwork required from the other parties, including parent club Fulham, did not arrive until late and by the time the documents were lodged the 11pm deadline had passed.
Onomah, 25, stayed in Birmingham overnight in hope of the EFL allowing the deal through, before eventually heading back to London, with West Brom told there were no grounds for the deal to be accepted.
For the visitors, meanwhile, former Albion striker Jay Rodriguez leads the line.
West Brom starting XI
Button; Gardner-Hickman, O’Shea, Bartley, Townsend; Molumby, Yokuslu, Wallace, Swift, Diangana, Grant.
Substitutes : Palmer, Ashworth, Reach, Livermore, Phillips, Thomas-Asante, Zohore.
Burnley starting XI
Muric; Maatsen, Harwood-Bellis, Taylor, Roberts, Cork, Cullen, Brownhill, Tella, Vitinho, Rodriguez.
Substitutes : Peacock-Farrell, Egan-Riley, Bastien, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Benson, Churlinov.