Few teams, apart from maybe the England national team, have struggled so much in recent years to find a man to put between the sticks that not only provides the security a back line needs but can control their area and command the men in front of them.
Scott Carson’s signing back in July 2008 gave the Baggies faithful a glimmer of hope, with Dean Kiely’s best years behind him it looked as though one of the best young keepers in the world was going to be a real hit at the Hawthorns. Forgotten was his blunder in the Euro qualifier, this guy was a young up and comer that really had potential to become England’s number 1.
Within a few months though, it had become clear that Carson maybe wasn’t what the fans had expected. Shaky performances, poor kicking here and there and a generally unconvincing presence at the back. However, in time Scott improved, in the Championship season 2009/10 he found his feet and really became a more confident all round keeper, finding himself with the captains armband after the departure of Jonathan Greening.
The problem with Carson however was not solved, with West Brom’s promotion back to the top flight, he found himself experiencing all of those same issues as in the 80/09 season, and whenever he put on an England shirt, begging the question… can he really perform at the top level?
With Carson now in the nets in Turkey for Bursaspor, West Brom are left with his understudy Boaz Myhill. The Welsh international signed in July 2010 for a fee thought to be around £1.5m, but with only a handful of appearances under Roberto DiMatteo (during his faze of losing faith in Carson), Myhill is still somewhat of an unknown entity.
Myhill’s performance so far in pre-season has not filled any Albion fan with glee, partially as being scored against by the San Jose goalkeeper from his own area is something that you shouldn’t really let happen.
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Ben Foster and Rob Green are apparently being lined up for bids to bring one in to be the Baggies new number 1. With Green being valued at around £2.5m and Foster looking to be closer to a £5m price tag, it may be down to some shrude business from Roy Hodgson to bring in Foster for a cut price or just to settle for the less highly rated Green.
Whatever the outcome, one thing is clear, West Brom need a new goalkeeper. Whether Hodgson has enough faith in Myhill to rely on him and bring in a back up, or the much more likely choice of buying a new number one from either Rob Green or Ben Foster, something needs to be done if the Baggies want another year in the Premier league.