West Brom's James Morrison ready to fill in for Mulumbu during cup absence

Albion star James Morrison today revealed he is ready to fill Youssouf Mulumbu’s boots when the Baggies star leaves for the Africa Cup of Nations.

James Morrison and Mikel John Obi
Looking up - James Morrison, left

Morrison is on standby to switch positions in the new year if required when Mulumbu departs to play for DR Congo in the international finals in South Africa.

The Scotland international emerged as a central midfield force under Roy Hodgson last season but has switched successfully to a more attacking role since Steve Clarke’s arrival.

But the 26-year-old is happy to drop back to deputise for Mulumbu.

“I played there at Newcastle when Claudio Yacob was injured and I think it went quite well,” said Morrison.

“Youssouf and Claudio have developed a good partnership in the centre even though they are similar players, so it will be a blow to lose Youssouf if he goes off. I have played further forward this season, which is a different job for me, but I have been enjoying it.

Pleased

“If I am picked to do a job in another position when Youssouf goes away then I will be happy to do it. I enjoyed playing there last season so I’d be pleased to do it again.

“But we have a lot of players who could do that job if the gaffer asked them to, so we’ll just have to wait and see what he decides.”

Morrison could get an early chance to fill in for Mulumbu on Saturday if the popular midfielder fails to recover from his sore hamstring in time to face Sunderland. He missed training yesterday but Clarke has not given up hope of him being fit.

Gareth McAuley could also miss out again with a leg problem while Boaz Myhill is on standby to start again as Ben Foster continues his rehabilitation from groin surgery.

The Baggies will look to seal a third successive victory but Morrison has again attempted to cool talk of a top-six finish. He said: “It’s important that we don’t get carried away and that we carry on trying to focus on the next game.”

Comments for: "West Brom's James Morrison ready to fill in for Mulumbu during cup absence"

We Only Need One Half!

Dam, looks like that extra 8 minutes Saturday could have cost us regarding Mulumbu.

Still, will give SC another look to see if Jimmy is up to the job come January, and Ben, don't rush back and gamble on making it worse mate, Boaz has had it in hand so far.

Brummie roader Ryan

Keep him in his propper position he has been one of our best players this season, how about Dorrans instead? He played more as a tough tackling midfielder when he was brought in the team by mowbray? Anyone remember?

astleistheking

I think you mean secure a 4th successive win.

Derek - South Africa

And who will fill James Morrison's boots?

LordsMyShepherd

Think you mean 4th successive victory

Brierley Hill Baggie

Don't you mean 4th successive victory? Southampton, Wigan and Chelsea ..........

Brierleyhillbaggie

Yo you ain't me and I didn't leave this post try another name fellow Baggie as for the issue about mozza and dorrans play mozza in centre and dorrans in the attacking role and get them to rotate as each one breaks

Jack ♣ Hat.

James,

Blimey, I'm having visions of a new Scotish "Bomber" Brown striking from deep. Get Dorrans back at his dogged best and that would do me. What, with Steve Clarke thrown in!, wonder where we could get Kilts from for the end of season do!. Just a thought.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack ♣ Hat.

My letter to Rafa Benitez:

Dear Mr. Benitez,

Refrain from taking the Chelsea job as you will have to do as Mr. Bramabitch says. Then there is the curse of West Bromwich Albion to contend with, inquire Mr.M McCarthy, Mr. A Villas-Boas, R Di Matteo for starters. You have to play against "The curse" once in your short tenure, the outcome wouldn't look good on your C.V. RDM has now gone on holiday in Siberia. Apparently there is plenty of salt there and the hotel is massive also underground. Hope you heed well my advice. Stay safe,stay where you are. Yours in sport.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

'The Class of 68'

Who ever S Clarke slots in to play Mulumbu's role, i'm sure will be more than competent, and well thought out. Mulumbu is certainly a class act, he reminds me of 'Claude Makélélé' of Chelsea, who i think is the finest defensive midfield player the Premiership has witnessed. There are very few that stand out from the crowd playing that role ..... COYB

CantelloRocket 78

One thing that came out the Chelsea game was the fact that we can bring in replacement players, and still do the business.

Boaz performed brilliantly, Lukaku wasn't needed, and Tamas slotted in effortlessly.In truth, I've always felt a bit sorry for Gabriel, he's made the odd mistake and occasionally had a lapse of concentration, but people often highlight this, yet seem to ignore the many solid games he's had in central defence.

So looking ahead-

every game's potentially tough, but I read somewhere earlier that from now 'til the end of the year we have 8 games, and at present 5 of those clubs are in the bottom half of the table, so we must see it as an opportunity to pick up a few more points.

We just need to keep doing what we do, and hold the belief in our own ability.

As for Sunderland, like WONOH pointed out the other day, they've scored 10 goals so far, and 6 have gone to Fletcher.I've always seen him as a very ordinary player, but he can score goals if he's left unmarked, so if we can deal with his 'goal hanging' tendencies, we eliminate their main threat.

They're the home side, so let them worry about us........

CantelloRocket 78

Things that make you smile, part 1....

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole was asked about the Baggies by a northern newspaper, and he said 'they're a physical side....'

So says a player who, over the last 4 years, has been sent off 7 times, and picked up over 30 bookings.

Is he worried Albion might be a little scary to play against..........? :)

'The Class of 68'

[ CantelloRocket 78, i was there :-) ]

Your so right with regard to Cattermole, somewhat aggressive nature, referees have his card marked before kickoff. I have been critical of Tamas in the past, i'm still not convinced but hope to be proven wrong. My negatives on Gabriel are his reading of the game and being in the right place at the right time, but consecutive managers have used him, so what do i know ..... WKWWA

wednesbury baggie

we should beat the rokerites, as cantello as said they should be more scared of us , as they are the home team.

as for lee catermole he is just a thug. i'm sure roberto di matteo can pick a team to beat them. boing boing.

Happy_baggie

Dunno about that but i hope Steve Clarke can !!!

CantelloRocket 78

Things that make you smile, part 2........

Steve Clarke's been talking about Claudio Yacob's excellent start to life at the Baggies, he then said-

' Claudio's still struggling with the (English) language, but he's taking 3 or 4 lessons a week.It is improving, and I'm sure I heard him swear at the Referee the other week.......'.

I wonder if he did it in a black country accent?