Romelu Lukaku

Ones to Watch: WBA

by Ashley Houghton

Take at look at some of the Baggies' biggest threats.

Chris Brunt

West Brom’s club captain is just seven games away from 200 appearances for the Baggies.

And, since his move from Sheffield Wednesday back in 2007, Brunt has been ever-present in Albion’s progress, which has seen them finish in the top 11 in the Barclays Premier League in the previous two campaigns.

Northern Ireland international Brunt has garnered a reputation for a sweet-left foot that has contributed to the majority of his 33 goals for West Brom.

Sunderland are all too aware of Brunt’s quality - the midfielder has turned out two man-of-the-match performances against the Black Cats as well as scoring in the 3-0 defeat at the Hawthorns back in April 2009.

James Morrison

The former Middlesbrough man is the Baggies’ longest serving player, making 161 appearances since joining from Teesside back in 2007 – a week before Brunt.

Morrison, who, despite rising through England’s youth teams, chose to be a full international for Scotland,  showed his versatility during his first season at The Hawthorns with a string of sparkling displays across the midfield.

And, those displays have continued throughout his time with West Brom and he was runner-up in the Baggies’ Player of the Year award for the 2008-09 season.

Morrison scored in both fixtures between the two sides in the 2011-12 season – scoring the second in the Baggies’ 4-0 win at the Hawthorns and West Brom’s first as Sunderland came from two behind to draw 2-2 back in October 2011.

Romelu Lukaku

The on-loan Chelsea starlet has made a huge impact on West Brom’s success under Steve Clarke; with ten goals in 24 games the Belgian international has proved an instant hit with the Baggies fans.

It’s hard to believe that Lukaku, who made his professional debut for Anderlecht a week after turning 16, is still only 19.

And, it was as an 18-year-old that Lukaku made a reported £13m move to Stamford Bridge, signing a five-year contract.

First-team opportunities were limited for the 6’3” Belgian in his first year in London, prompting West Brom to take him on loan for the 2012-13 campaign.

He became Albion’s youngest ever scorer when he scored in the Baggies’ 3-0 victory over Liverpool on the opening day of the 2012-13 season.