Darren Moore has managed to inject a real sense of positivity at the Hawthorns since taking over the doomed baggies in April last season.
He managed a miraculous turn in form even leaving West Brom with a chance of survival going into the penultimate game after victories against Manchester United, Spurs and a draw with Liverpool.
But now attention has turned to the Championship and bouncing back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
If Moore can retain the same form he got out of his side at the back end of last season they will have a great chance of promotion.
So will the Baggies finish in the top two next season?
Not at the minute.
There are better sides out there, such as Stoke and Forest for a start, and their recruitment hasn’t been good enough. They can change that by bringing in quality but the players they’re linked with aren’t too inspiring.
No, I don’t think so. It is a tough league and they fell out of the winning habit, they couldn’t buy a point last season.
There are lots of good teams in the Championship and you’d be hard pushed to look beyond Forest and Stoke in my opinion.
I will reserve judgement until I have seen who they bring in. At the moment, they have a very light squad and you can expect Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazi, Solomon Rondon, James Rodriguez and James McClean to leave.
The Baggies have only signed Sam Johnstone so far (which is a superb addition), so more acquisitions like that and their new-look squad could well be up for a promotion bid.
They need to do a little bit more in the transfer window, but they should be there or thereabouts.
Moore has some talented players in his squad and they should be in contention.
A few more shrewd signings and we can definitely consider them amongst the favourites.
It’s hard to say right now.
They should definitely be in the top six, but they are a bit behind other clubs such as Stoke and Middlesbrough in terms of pushing for the top two.
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