With the November international break now over, Championship football gets a proper run at things before clubs are again irritated by largely pointless national clashes and West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore did have some good news this week.
With the immediate focus being on Ipswich Town as we make a Friday evening trip to Portman Road, that game is followed by clashes against Swansea City, Brentford and the derby with Aston Villa as football again creates a crush in the buildup to Christmas.
Sitting in fifth place in the second tier table, the run into the New Year and the next fortnight, in particular, could be key to our chances of remaining in the battle for the top two promotion positions in the season of 2018/19, so although plenty of fans have mixed thoughts on Chris Brunt and Gareth Barry, both coming back into Moore’s thoughts does boost competition and options and we may well need it.
Speaking to wba.co.uk he explained that although we could welcome Brunt and Barry back from hamstring and calf problems respectively, there were still doubts over Kyle Bartley.
“Kyle Bartley is probably the one that we’re still waiting on. We want to give him more time to make sure when he comes back he stays back. If you were playing Saturday to Saturday you could probably risk a player but I always say in this league the games come thick and fast the decision is taken out of your hands. If there’s any slight doubt I’m prone to leave them for games in the future.”
Bartley again splits opinions but this is what Moore’s paid for.