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INSIDE INFO: We get a West Brom fan's thoughts ahead of Southampton's visit to The Hawthorns

Josh Harris provides an interesting insight into today's opponents ahead of our Premier League clash.

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Today is no different. We spoke to West Brom fan Josh Harris about his team, their season expectations, Rickie Lambert and why Saido Berahino could well feature for the Baggies this afternoon.

St. Mary's Musings: What are your expectations for West Brom for the season ahead?

Josh Harris: Mediocrity, probably. And I'm fine with that. We'll have a good chance at top half but I don't expect us to do anything special.

SMM: How does Tony Pulis compare to your previous managers?

JH: Obviously, way more defensive. When we first brought him in it felt a bit like doing a deal with the devil - for the most part it's not going to be exciting, but after a string of short term failures it is nice to have some stability, even though it comes at a cost.


SMM: How happy are you with WBA's business in the transfer window?

JH: Very happy! Kept Berahino, and brought in quality players with top-level experience like Jonny Evans. We were crying out for pace and width, and we've resolved that with McLean and Gnabry. Apart from Berahino, we were lacking striking quality last season, but signing Rondon has really changed that - he seems to be very highly thought of by people who watched him for Malaga and Zenit and he's already off the mark so expecting big things from him. On the other hand, Chester for £8m seems very over-priced and disappointing to see Lescott - our best defender from last season - leave to a local rival.

SMM: What do you and other West Brom fans make of Rickie Lambert?

JH: He was good enough at Southampton to play for better teams than West Brom, as evidenced by his move to Liverpool where he never really got a chance (why did Rodgers sign him?). So on that basis I think most people are delighted that he's with us. He's not featured much so far, but the little we've seen of him is very impressive. The most surprising thing for me is that he's far more than just a target man - when he's played he's dropped deep and gets very involved in the build up play - he's a great option to have.

SMM: What are your thoughts on Saido Berahino? Will he play on Saturday?

JH: I think Pulis will make a point of playing him, even though we don't need to. I like him a lot - he was easily our best player last season and if he is in the right frame of mind he can be even better this season. I don't blame him for wanting to leave, but he went about it in completely the wrong way. I don't know what happened between him and Jeremy Peace, but it should have been explained to him that he wouldn't be sold unless Spurs met our (quite reasonable) valuation. He reacted badly, obviously, but he's clearly a pretty vulnerable person, so I don't blame him. Pulis is a good manager for him, and if Berahino does play on Saturday I hope the WBA fans won't hold any of this against him. If he scores, I'm sure all will be forgotten pretty fast.

SMM: How do you and other WBA fans view Southampton as a club?

JH: Quite jealously probably! Fans have had a dream ride in recent years. Southampton have good players, nice style of football, and an amazing youth set up.

SMM: Who is the West Brom player to look out for on Saturday?

JH: Will be good to see Jonny Evans finally - I think he's a top class signing for us and could further solidify an already strong defence. Also Callum Mcmanaman - he can be hit and miss but was great against Chelsea, fast and direct, and always wanting to attack.

SMM: If you could buy any Saints player, who would it be and why?

JH: Can we have Shane Long back?

SMM: If you could sell any player of WBA's regular starting 11, who would it be and why?

JH: Jonas Olsson, no hesitation. He's been great over the years, but is just terrible on the ball. Watch out for his repeated chipped balls forward to...no one. I don't know who once told him that he was a good passer, but it's definitely not true.

SMM: Finally, what do you think the score will be?

JH: 1-0 to West Brom. We'll have an early goal and then lock it down for the following 80 minutes.