INAMOTO POISED FOR BAGGIES ACTION
Junichi Inamoto is poised for his first taste of senior action with West
Brom at the start of what manager Bryan Robson regards as a vital six days
in the club's bid to stay in the Barclays Premiership.
Japanese star Inamoto has been included in the squad for the two away games
with Tottenham on Wednesday and Robson's former club Middlesbrough on
Saturday which will be followed by next Tuesday's re-arranged home clash
The midfielder, signed from Gamba Osaka last summer, impressed Robson during
a loan spell with Coca-Cola Championship club Cardiff City.
Inamoto was on the substitute's bench for the away match at Crystal Palace
in October and, even though he was not used, his inclusion in the 16 meant
Albion had to pay Ł200,000 to Gamba in what proved to be Gary Megson's last
game as Baggies manager.
Robson is intending to rotate his squad over the next week as they look to
build on a run of 10 points from the last five games.
The Albion boss said: "It is a big week for us in the context of our season.
We've got three games in six games and I've told the lads that more or less
every squad player will get a chance to prove themselves in this period.
"I think nowadays you've got to rotate when you play so many games in a
short period, given the pace that the game is played at. I've got to try and
look at the best balance for each game.
"They will all get the chance somewhere down the line and Inamoto has looked
a lot stronger since he came back from Cardiff and the games there on loan
have really helped him.
"He's in the squad which will travel to Tottenham and then straight onto
Middlesbrough afterwards and he has got a realistic chance of being
"It is tough playing three games so close together and, in the areas where
people use a lot of energy, you've got to look at where you can freshen it
Robson has to find a replacement for left winger Jonathan Greening who will
start a three-match ban at White Hart Lane for his sending-off against Aston
Villa for violent conduct.
Kieran Richardson, who has been playing in the centre of midfield, could
revert to the flank where he has been employed by Manchester United and
That will leave Inamoto, Riccardo Scimeca and Jason Koumas all vying for a
place alongside Ronnie Wallwork.