Date: 20th July 2018 at 3:34pm
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West Bromwich Albion play Aberdeen later this evening in another pre-season friendly and the squad have already travelled up to Scotland for the match at Pittodrie.

With games against Barnet and Swindon Town so far this summer, and both returning wins, along with our behind closed doors action against league opposition, head coach Darren Moore’s plans are progressing nicely for the coming 2018/19 Championship campaign ahead.

We’ve even had a few signings through the door in the shape of Sam Johnstone, Jyle Bartley and Jonathan Bond.

There are outstanding issues though, the futures of James McClean, Salomon Rondon, Craig Dawson, Allan Nyom to name just four with speculation continuing to link them with moves away from the club this summer.

Speaking to ahead of the game, Moore explained.

“We face a step up tonight because Aberdeen will be further ahead with their fitness schedule as they are getting ready for next week’s Europa League start against Burnley. We’ve got some game time into most of the players although we could do without these niggles which are holding back one or two of the lads. But there is no point taking chances at this stage of our preparation. It will be hard work tonight. Aberdeen will be at full throttle and that’s just what we need at this stage of our preparations.”

Those niggles effect Johnstone, Nyom and Rondon and those three haven’t travelled and won’t be risked. The article does state Moore can lean on the rest of his senior group though, so is Dawson back in the fold? How strong is strong with the claim we will ‘deploy’ our top group given who is left fit.

There are still a few more questions than answers for fans but it’s hard not to take an educated leap and assume those subject to speculation won’t be playing this evening.

There’s also claim and counterclaim when it comes to what some players have been fined and disciplined for.