West Bromwich Albion Fan Q & A
Swansea City welcome West Bromwich Albion this Saturday to the Liberty Stadium in the Barclays Premier League.
Ahead of our match preview, we have taken the opportunity to talk with Anthony Dosanjh - a West Bromwich Albion fan, to get his thoughts on Saturday's fixture.
Name: Anthony Dosanjh
Occupation: Full time post graduate student
Location: Oldbury/West Midlands
How long have you been a West Bromwich Albion fan and, what is your earliest memory of the club?
'I have been a West Brom fan for a while now, but when I was younger my family all supported either Liverpool or Man Utd so I was made to choose between them and I went for neither option and decided to support my local team. My earliest memory of the club was when Megson took charge of the club.'
Who is your favourite all-time West Bromwich Albion player and why?
'I was tempted to go for Cyrille Regis for what he did for the club, but I am going for our current player Youssouf Mulumbu. He is really talented at what he does which is guarding the back four but he has an eye for goal too, I really enjoy watching him play.'
Do you think the Albion's squad as it stands have a chance to meet the fans objectives for the season? If not, which area of the squad needs addressing?
'Yes, the key thing this summer was keeping hold of our best players which is what we did. Adding to that we purchased players that were better than what we sold so the club is looking good, but I think I speak for all the West Brom fans when I say we wanted one more defender. Our main objective is ultimately to survive as it`s only our second consecutive season in the Premiership, and anything on top of that is a bonus.'
Were you surprised at Di-Matteo's departure and, is Roy Hodgson the man to take you forward?
'Shocked is more the word I would use when I found out about Di Matteo`s departure. He was a young manager that was going through a bad patch but bringing in Hodgson was a master stroke. He improved on our weaknesses and made us a better team overall and helped us to achieve a club record finish last season. He has a year left and I am sure we will improve under him, but if the England job comes knocking then who knows.'
Who are West Brom' biggest rivals, the Black Country derby, or Aston Villa?
'The Black Country derby every time, there is nothing like it.'
Which West Brom' player should Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers be keeping a close eye on in the up and coming game?
'Peter Odemwingie would be my choice because not only does he score a good amount of goals but he puts in 100% and makes things happen for other players too. However Tamas has been banned for 3 games so if Craig Dawson gets a chance as expected he will be one to watch, as he`s a defender who scores a lot of goals.'
Do you think that Swansea City FC can avoid relegation this season with their style of play?
'Swansea are a great club with a good set of fans. As it was apparent with Blackpool last season, there needs to be a balance but the Swansea team looks really solid at the back and when the goals start coming the club will climb the table. I think they have a really good chance of surviving this season.'
Who, from the current Swansea squad would you sign and why?
'Scott Sinclair is a great young English talent and I would love to have him from the Swansea squad. Saying that I really did rate Danny Graham last season and I would like him from your squad too.'
What do you think the result will be when West Brom' play Swansea in the upcoming game?
'I think it will be a close game but I can see us taking all three points as we are getting back to form and Swansea have been struggling to score this season, and I can`t see them breaking their goalless run against us. An away win with the score being 2-0.'
Many thanks to Anthony for talking with us and I wish West Bromwich Albion all the very best for the rest of the Premier League Campaign.