After the Baggies crawled their way over the link to complete a top-ten finish, WBA-MAD Editor, Iain Bate, rates Albion’s players in the engine room last season. Let’s take a look how they did.
Darren Fletcher almost made it a full set. Albion's captain made 37 starts but was dropped for the trip to Burnley after his contract negotiations rumbled on. The Scot struggled for form in an up-and-down campaign. Be interesting to see what the future holds for 'Fletch'.
James McClean is arguably Albion's most improved player. Although not an automatic starter, McClean offers drive, determination, willingness and aggression that is lacking by others. Still needs to work on his final ball but moving in the right direction.
Claudio Yacob played a key figure in Albion's resurgence during the winter when he found the form he displayed on his arrival in England. His passing has got better and is always reliable to break up the play. Seems to be getting slower and less mobile around the pitch.
James Morrison was another who had a mixed season. Struggled to break into the team after signing a new deal in the summer. Then was instrumental during the winter chipping in with five goals. But then lost his form and forced back onto the bench. Now has more than 300 appearances in Albion colours, but don't be surprised if he moved in the summer.
Nacer Chadli started like a house on fire and looked a real coup when he signed for £13m in the summer. Was brilliant at home against West Ham and looked a real creative force. But a bad knee injury really set him back and he's looked a shadow of the early season player. Needs to improve next season.
Chris Brunt's return from a long-term knee injury sparked Albion's up-turn in form around November. It was no coincidence his return to fitness combined with Albion winning games. Swapped between midfield and defence but still assisted numerous goals with his set-piece delivery.
Matt Phillips had a strange season. Looked distinctly average after his summer move but then suddenly turned into a real handful. Scored important goals and set up others. But then his hamstring gave way and he went missing towards the end of the season. Hope he returns fit in July.
Jake Livermore became Albion's first outfield England international since the mid-1980s after joining from Hull in January. He looked a real bargain but his form has dropped off dramatically towards the end of the season. A box-to-box midfielder who needs to improve at both ends of the pitch.
Jonathan Leko may have the best song on the terraces, but he's been underutilised this season. Many hoped this would be his breakthrough season but he made only 9 appearances in the league. Expect him to go out on loan next season.
Sam Field looks to be Albion's brightest prospect for many a year. Composed on the ball and neat in possession, Field is another youngster who has been unlucky not to feature more. Hopefully he'll be given more opportunities next season.