WBA-MAD Player Ratings: Albion 1 Bolton 2

Last updated : 05 August 2018 By Site Editor

WBA-MAD editor Iain Bate analyses the Albion players after the Baggies' went down 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers at The Hawthorns. 

Sam Johnson: Looked nervous on his full debut for the club. Will be disapointed with both goals. Had little to do, but still conceeded twice. 6/10. 

Allan Nyom: The only footballer I've seen who doesn't look comfortable playing football. Needs to offer more offensively instead of constantly playing sideways or backwards. Didn't do too much wrong but wasted good opportunities to get the ball in the box. 6/10. 

Kyle Bartley: Another who had a difficult afternoon. Started OK but seemed to loose concentration after screaming at Hegazi 15 minutes in for failing to provide cover. Looks OK on the ball and dealt with some dangerous set-pieces into the box. Time will tell on Bartley. 6/10. 

Ahmed Hegazi: Didn't seem fit and struggled throughout with the phyisicality of Magennis. Wasted Albion's two best chances of the second half. Must improve and quickly if Albion are to be successful this season. 5/10. 

Kieran Gibbs: The left back has 10 England caps. Ten. But was given a horrid time by Sammi Amobi and struggled throughout. Was timid in tackles and another who constantly insisted on cutting back or playing backwards when in advanced positions. What happened to the attacking full-back at Arsenal. 5/10. 

Matty Phillips: Albion's best performer. Constantly looking to make things happen with the ball at his feet. Was the only player willing to try and make something happen and injected some pace in Albion's static midfield. 7/10. 

Chris Brunt: Played the quarterback role in midfield but had little to aim at when he searched for those in front of him. Seemed to run out of ideas as the game went on but still offered Albion's best opportunities from his trademark set-pieces. 6/10. 

Jake Livermore: Didn't do too much wrong in Albion's engine room and worked hard enough. But doesn't offer anything going forward and was happy to let Brunt take charge. Needs to impose himself more. 6/10. 

Harvey Barnes: Albion may have unearthed a gem. Barnes looked threatening throughout and wasn't afraid to pull the trigger. Scored a wonderful individual goal with his left foot effort that left Alnwick with no chance in the second half. Faded after the break but still an eye-catching display. 7/10. 

Jay Rodriguez: Drifted between the lines in an attempt to the get the ball and link midfield and attack. Found some decent positions at times but never looked comfortable. Not a natural No.10 and Albion will need to utilise his goal-scoring instincts higher up the pitch. 6/10. 

Hal Robson Kanu: Wasn't good enough for Reading in the Championship and certainly isn't good enough for a side who are aiming for promotion. Tried to hold the ball up but was too often brushed aside. Blazed one effort over but too often failed to offer any movement or options in behind the Bolton defence. Made Rondon seem like a world-beater. 5/10. 


Oliver Burke (76 mins): Burke needs to work out whether he's a winger, inside forward or a striker. Needs to find a position on the pitch where he can utilise his attributes. Provides plenty of pace but often ends up running into blind alleys. Albion spent a fortune on him but hasn't repaid a penny yet. Needs a run of games. 6/10.