Good afternoon everybody, and welcome to today's West Brom webchat with Chris Lepkowski. Does anyone have any questions for Chris?
by Birmingham Mail10/22/2012 12:00:01 PM
Afternoon Chris, hope the book is going well! Is there any news on whether Valero is still our player?
by Gervinho's big forehead10/22/2012 12:00:57 PM
Hi Gervinho's big forehead - I'm afraid Borja is no longer with Albion. Thanks for kind comments about book, going very well thank you
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:02:37 PM
Are there terms in Lukaku's loan contract that he will make a certain number of appearances?
by Eeloor10/22/2012 12:02:42 PM
books a great read
by marathon man matt10/22/2012 12:04:07 PM
Afternoon Chris. Do you think the support of the Bomber Squad might have been the difference between a win, a point and a defeat on Saturday, had they been there to be the 12th man?
by PK10/22/2012 12:04:37 PM
Eeloor. No there is no such stipulation. Albion are free to use him as they see fit (though obviously mindful Chelsea sent him to Albion for first-team opportunities)
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:04:52 PM
differnce was gung ho attitude not bomber squad
by marathon man matt10/22/2012 12:05:58 PM
Hello Chris. Can you shed any light on the clubs statement months back about honouring Tony Bomber brown. Me and a fellow colleague from Westbrom.com are collecting signatures to try and force the issue. Regards
by WBAinDEVON10/22/2012 12:06:09 PM
Any developments with the recruitment of Dan's replacement yet Chris??
by David195010/22/2012 12:06:12 PM
WBAinDevon - Hi, the Bomber tribute is part of the plans for the new stand at this stage. That was the initial plan but obviously subject to the stand happening (if not, then obviously it would go elsewhere). I know Albion have been in discussion with Bomber about this so although it's not on the radar, as such, it is something that's ongoing
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:08:43 PM
David1950 Nothing at this stage. Club nowhere near that stage at the moment. There is more from Dan Ashworth in tomorrow's Birmingham Mail, including where Albion are as regards his successor, their plans for the transfer window plus his thoughts - the first time he's spoken since the announcement of his departure
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:10:20 PM
Dan must have right back on his agenda surely chris
by marathon man matt10/22/2012 12:12:16 PM
WBAinDevon I should add that it's still very much in the club's plans. They are simply not saying anything until there is more knowledge about where the tribute will be incorporated
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:12:52 PM
Hi Chris - gutted at Manc's late goal - we deserved a draw imo - but were there any players not up to the mark from what you saw. Don't like keeping on about Dorrans but I just don't think he's worth a place. And when is Reidy coming back. We're sadly lacking an expert in his position.
by hailpantani10/22/2012 12:13:15 PM
Hi Chris. Was Man City a wake up call? How will we bounce back?
by Trevor Clarke10/22/2012 12:13:35 PM
Chris - who came out of the Man City game with any credit. Who shone?
by Jase the Cabbage10/22/2012 12:15:30 PM
Marathon Man Matt - It's down to Steve Clarke as to where he wishes to strengthen. I'd be amazed if he doesn't want to bring in extra cover, although much depends on progress of /injuries to Jones and Reid
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:15:31 PM
Hailpantani - Thought they were very unlucky to not get a draw. All about finesse. City were able to pass and control the ball cleanly in the build up to their winner. Contrast with the fumbled attempt to control the ball by MAF just six mins earlier when Albion broke in a similar situation. Those are the differences. As for Steven Reid, he tweeted yesterday that he wasn't far away. And yes, agree, they are short in that area when both he and Jones are unavailable.
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:15:45 PM
Trevor Clarke. Not sure I'd describe defeat to the champions as a wake-up call. In some respects it emphasised where Albion are these days. They have players who can hurt opposition sides. A long, long time since Albion had this
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:16:21 PM
JasetheCabbage I felt Odemwingie made a big difference. Long was excellent.Foster (bar City's equaliser) made some valued saves. Lukaku was presented with two excellent chances (one he wasted, one was brilliantly saved by Hart)
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:17:50 PM
A glance at Man Citys bench tells us all we need to know, we did well to stretch them
by marathon man matt10/22/2012 12:18:05 PM
Are we using Lukaku enough Chris?
by Jase the Cabbage10/22/2012 12:20:02 PM
the fans have made so many negative coments but we still 6th in the league and just got beat by the champions do you think the expectation levels have risen each year Chris
by westbrom6810/22/2012 12:20:06 PM
Long didnt look to happy at coming off, any feedback Chris
by marathon man matt10/22/2012 12:20:11 PM
Lukaku crashed onto the scene and we all thought he was the business. Admittedly he has been on the bench most of the time, but not too much has happened since. Might he be another Ishmael Miller?
by hailpantani10/22/2012 12:21:29 PM
JaseTheCabbage Difficult to gauge whether he's being used enough. Did ok on Saturday and I can see why introduced. But equally understandable why Long is being preferred at this stage.
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:22:26 PM
Westbrom68 Yes I do think expectation levels have gone up - understand in many respects but some form of realism does need to remain. Eight games in the table is still shaping up. Some clubs endure a poor start and improve. Others the opposite. Will become clearer around Xmas how Albion's season might pan out
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:23:44 PM
marathon man matt - he probably felt he could have stayed on to score winner. He was interviewed by colleagues after the game and certainly didn't get impression he was unhappy. Given number of strikers the club has he has a privileged role right now
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:23:56 PM
I think Shane Long has been in very good form all season. Especially at Villa away. He makes things happen through chasing down lost causes that none of our other strikers would bother with. But would you agree that Clarke maybe trying to keep the likes of PO, RL, MAF and MR happy has/or could potentially have worked against us in recent weeks
by Matt10/22/2012 12:24:14 PM
Hi Chris, I have said since before he was conceived that Tamas was not a cheap lazy signing. Do you think this position will be a priority in the transfer window? It's killing me Tom!
by BaggieNick10/22/2012 12:25:07 PM
Chris. Most fans feel the club should honour the Bomber with a statue just inside Astles gates.We will continue collecting signatures because the club should have honoured our greatest ever player before now whos record games and goals will never ever be beaten
by WBAinDEVON10/22/2012 12:25:14 PM
Matt - I think there is an element of that. On Saturday it actually worked in so much that Lukaku did well to get into positions - it was down to poor finishing (with the header) and an excellent save that denied him. He also had one cleared off the line by Clichy. But yes, I do think Clarke is trying to keep players happy. Part of the challenge I guess. Better to have too many than not enough. Injuries/suspensions will inevitably kick in
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:26:49 PM
BaggieNick - As I said to someone else earlier, think much will depend on injuries/form of Reid and Jones. If they can return and stay fit there won't be a pressing need for another RB... If
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:28:24 PM
Tony already has the bomber squad Devon, what more does he want lol
by marathon man matt10/22/2012 12:28:31 PM
Many thanks for all the questions and comments today. If you're going to Newcastle then please have a safe journey.
by chrislepkowski10/22/2012 12:30:27 PM
Thanks for your comments everyone. See you at the next webchat.