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Albion boss urges Koumas to 'do a Wallwork'
By Steve Madeley
Feb 14, 2005, 07:52

Albion enigma Jason Koumas has been challenged to follow in Ronnie
Wallwork's footsteps and force his way back into the team.

Baggies manager Brian Robson has thrown down the gauntlet to the Welsh international by using fellow midfielder Wallwork as an example of how players can re-launch their careers successfully.

Koumas was set to return from the cold to help plug the gaps in Robson's
threadbare midfield for the teatime FA Cup replay at Tottenham on Saturday.

And Robson has urged the former Tranmere man to end his under-achievement by making himself a permanent fixture in the line-up.

"To be fair to Jason he has had niggly injuries and a couple of viruses that have interrupted his playing and training," said Robson.

"He knew when I came here that he had to get his fitness levels up because he had been discarded by Gary Megson.

"Like Ronnie Wallwork his fitness levels weren't as good as they should have been, but Ronnie has proved that you can get your chance and then you have to take it and stay in the team."

Koumas made an impact in the Premiership in the second half of Albion's last season in the top flight following a slow start after his arrival from
Prenton Park.

But the summer arrival of Jonathan Greening and Zoltan Gera left him on the fringes at the start of this season, and the re-emergence of Wallwork
combined with the signings of Richard Chaplow and loanee Kieran Richardson have forced him further down the order.

Now Robson has warned Koumas he must take every chance on offer.

"I've had a few chats with Jason about where he is and where he should be," said Robson.

"I think he is under-achieving as a player.

"Jason could turn around and say he hasn't had a chance. But your chances come in training where you have to work really hard, or in reserve games where you have to take your chance.

"Every manager will have a couple of players who you have to keep on top of to make sure their fitness levels are as good as they should be."

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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Koumas offers so much, but just needs a few other arrows to his bow.
There is no doubt about it, he is a quality player.

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By James Nursey

However, Robson says players who are integral to his team, such as
Zoltan Gera, will not be sold unless Albion receive an irresistible offer.

"Zoltan works hard for the team, is a lovely lad around the place and
a good professional," said Robson, responding to speculation linking Dutch
side PSV Eindhoven with a move for the 25-year-old Hungarian.

"There is absolutely no chance of Zoltan going anywhere unless someone
wants to pay me, like, £20 million - which I think would be good business
for the club!"

Robson was less complimentary, though, about Koumas - who has started
just three matches since he took over.

Like his predecessor Gary Megson, Robson has bemoaned Koumas' apparent
reluctance to heed advice to work harder defensively in matches.

It appears increasingly likely that the Welsh international, who
signed a four-year deal last July, could leave when Robson trims his 26-man
squad at chairman Jeremy Peace's request.

Robson said: "What Jason has to take on board is this: Are myself and
Gary Megson both wrong?

"Jason has great ability but I told him he has a few weaknesses in his
game which he has to improve on and, for me, he has still got to work on

"Until Jason grasps that, then he will struggle to get in any
Premiership side - it's up to him."

Robson will decide Koumas' future in the summer, but Kanu plans to
activate a get-out clause in his contract if Albion, who are 19th, are

"If the team goes down, I will leave," he said. "I don't want to be
playing in the lower division, as it is not good for my career."

Albion have sold out their allocation of 2,800 tickets for next
month's trip to Middlesbrough.

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Everton boss David Moyes could make a summer move for Wales playmaker Jason Koumas, who has been placed on the transfer list at West Brom.

Baggies boss Bryan Robson slapped the 25-year-old outcast on the list on Thursday after admitting he has been "disappointed with his attitude".

Robson said: "I told Jason (on Thursday) I was putting him on the transfer list. I've been disappointed with his attitude at a time when other midfield players have moved above him in the pecking order.

"The defensive side of his game isn't good enough as far as the type of midfield players I want at this club are concerned.

"As with a lot of things in football, it's all about opinions," he added on the club's website.

Koumas joined Albion from Tranmere for £2.5m in August 2002 and was a fans favourite under Gary Megson's tenure at the club.

He fell out of favour towards the end of Megson's reign, though, and also failed to impress Robson, who has placed the likes of Jonathan Greening, Zoltan Gera, Kieran Richardson and Richard Chaplow above him in the creative midfield pecking order.

Koumas has often complained of feeling homesick - and Toffees boss Moyes may decide to take the plunge on the Wales star after being handed a summer transfer warchest and seeing his Champions League-bound troops ripped to shreds by Arsenal on Wednesday.

The Everton chief is looking to fill the creative void left by Thomas Gravesen's January exit to Real Madrid.

And he is likely to tempt Robson with a bid of around £2m as soon as the Premiership season draws to a close.

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It is a pity, because from what I've seen of Koumas he is a good player, but his attitude just isn't right, and that is almost as important if not as important as a player's skill. Hopefully he will be able to find a better fit at Everton or wherever else he might go.

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its very disappointing. He was developing so well in the 1st div, and we all thought he'd be the one who has the most impact in the Prem. But first Megson now Robson, have both re-iterated what a lazy player he is. Koumas stick's his fingers in his ears, saying "I cant hear you", and generally can't be bothered playing the football that will make him a world beater. But he's too self opinionated for his own good.

At this moment, I think we'll all be happy to see the back of him and get him off the wages.

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I hear that Wolves are talking to Koumas and hope to sign him by the end of the week.

Its such a shame that a talented player like that just can't be arsed to show it.

I hope he's as much a diasappointment to them as he was for us :D

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Koumas: 'Let's help each other'
Jul 26 2005
Mark Bloom, South Wales Echo

Jason Koumas has a simple way of viewing his likely move to Cardiff
City: "I can help them and they can help me".

And as the Welsh international midfielder makes his way to the capital
today to hopefully put the finishing touches to a year long loan deal
with the Bluebirds, he revealed to the Echo his motivation for choosing
City ahead of other suitors such as Wolves.

Koumas is adamant that playing regular first-team football at a forward
thinking club is the prime attraction Cardiff holds for him.

And the 25-year-old also revealed that re-igniting his international
career through sterling club displays is also his aim after a falling
out with West Bromwich Albion boss Bryan Robson.

"I just want to get back playing football again," an upbeat Koumas told
the Echo. "And while I can help Cardiff City, they can also help me get
my career back on track. Call it what you like, and yes, perhaps it
could be termed a lifeline, but I really fancy this move to Cardiff
City. I see it as a new, fresh challenge. To be honest, I'm really
looking forward to the season, I can't wait for it to start. I know what
I have to do and that it will benefit me and Cardiff City."

It's been rumoured that Koumas is earning in the region of £21,000 at
The Hawthorns which has led some pundits to suggest City could never
afford his services.

But it appears a way forward has been found on that front, with the
Bluebirds and the Baggies likely to split his wages for 12 months.

And in any case, the former Tranmere Rovers play-maker insists the move
to Ninian Park is not about finances.

"Money does not motivate me, it's nothing to do with money," said
Koumas, who was fined two weeks wages for not turning up for pre-season
training at West Brom and was then left behind from the club's trip to

"I just want to play football again. Cardiff's new manager Dave Jones
impresses me, the club impresses me, I'm excited by the move and the
fact that it is very close to being completed. I reckon that I have
another eight to 10 good playing years left in me. And I don't want to
spend them sitting on benches up and down the country.

"I've wasted a season at West Bromwich Albion, it's been an absolutely
torrid time, my worst nightmare, and I have to say I can't leave there
quick enough. I don't want to say too much, but it's been very
frustrating and I'll be glad to see the back of him (Bryan Robson)."

Now Koumas wants to tie up all loose ends with the City hierarchy as
soon as possible.

"If things go well today with Sam Hammam and Peter Ridsdale it will be a
year's loan," he said.

"Ok, it's not a permanent move, but it will be a year that will be a
massive one for me. I'm prepared to give it my best shot for Cardiff.
One of the reasons why they interested me in the first place is the fact
I need to get my international career back into full swing. I'm not
going to do that with Albion, but at Cardiff I know I have a fighting
chance to prove a few things. I realise that I'm playing catch-up on
everybody else, both domestically and internationally. But let me say
I'm willing to get my head down and do the hard work.

"I don't want to be on the bench for the Wales v England at the
Millennium Stadium in September. And I will also be meeting John Toshack
today to discuss my future with him."

Ironically, Koumas could be facing his boss Robson and his fellow
team-mates next Sunday at Ninian Park (3pm).

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JASON Koumas has today (Tuesday) joined Cardiff City on a season-long loan
with the Championship outfit having first refusal on a £2 million deal to
buy the midfielder during his loan spell.

The transfer-listed Wales international would cost Dave Jones' men an
initial £1.5 million.

And Albion would receive another £250,000 based on appearances from the
start of his Ninian Park loan stay, plus a further £250,000 should Cardiff
win promotion to the Premiership and Koumas play the requisite number of

The Baggies do, however, have the right to recall the 25-year-old playmaker
during either of the transfer windows in the forthcoming season.

Boss Bryan Robson said: "I hope Jason goes on to prove he is a good
footballer at Cardiff.

"I hope he prospers in his time there and I wish him good luck.

"Unfortunately I've got players here who are ahead of him in the queue for a
first-team place."

Koumas, who signed a new four-year contract last summer, joined Albion from
Tranmere Rovers in August 2002 for a then-club record £2.25 million.

He scored four goals in 34 appearances, including five as a substitute, as
the Black Country club were relegated in their first Premiership campaign.

But he was instrumental in helping Albion bounce straight back to the
top-flight, with his ten goals from midfield also earning him a place in the
PFA Division One team of the season.

The former Prenton Park ace however, struggled to break into the Baggies'
first team last season - making just seven starts.

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Koumas out for the cup
ALBION have refused Cardiff permission to play Jason Koumas in their FA Cup
trip to Arsenal on Saturday - to prevent him from becoming cup-tied.

The Baggies do not want to jeopardise Koumas' availability for the
competition should a rival club meet their valuation of the player during
the January window and sign him on a permanent basis.

The former Tranmere midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at Ninian

Cardiff have first option on signing Koumas permanently - providing they pay
the fee Albion agreed with them last summer.

But the Welsh club have so far failed to complete this agreement and Albion,
like many clubs who have loaned out players in the past, want to keep their
options open.

Hawthorns chairman Jeremy Peace said: "We're more than happy to sell Jason
to Cardiff in line with the terms of the deal we agreed with them in the

"Jason would then be free to play for them in the FA Cup.

"Until such an agreement has been reached with Cardiff, we will not grant
him permission to play in the competition.

"Should another club be prepared to pay the same price for Jason, we will
then be happy to discuss a deal with them.

"This would allow Jason to play for them in the FA Cup should they remain in
the competition."

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Albion set for Koumas talks
BRYAN Robson has left the door open for Jason Koumas to remain an Albion

The 26-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at Coca-Cola
Championship rivals Cardiff City, scoring 12 league goals to help the
Bluebirds finish 11th.

But the Baggies boss is now set to meet with the Wales international and his
agent to discuss where his future lies.

"Jason would have been in for training yesterday (Thursday) but had the
second of two dental operations he needed to go through," said Robson.

"We'll be touching base with Jason on Monday.

"I've got talks planned with him and his agent.

"Cardiff haven't made an offer which is acceptable to this football club so
Jason remains a West Brom player.

"He's contracted to us and he showed with Cardiff, by scoring 12 goals for
them in this division last season, what he can do.

"As long as we can resolve things, Jason could have a big part to play for
the club."

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What a banker

BRYAN ROBSON has revealed AWOL rebel Jason Koumas is refusing to speak to anyone at West Brom.

The midfielder has already written off £60,000 in lost wages by staying away from the Championship club.

Boss Robbo admitted: "All I can say is he must have a lot of money in the bank.

"But you will have to ask Jason Koumas what is in his mind because he will not speak to anyone from this football club and he will not speak to me.

"That's the way it is and that's the way he wants it. We've invited him back so he could talk to the chairman and myself.

"We had three meetings arranged but he didn't turn up for any of them and he wasted people's time."

Wales star Koumas, 26, was due to rejoin Albion at the start of July after spending most of last season on loan at Cardiff.

The Bluebirds want to buy him but have offered only £1million - half of West Brom's valuation. Koumas, who earns £15,000 a week, is keen on the move and believes his strike action will force the issue.

But Robbo insisted: "There's no problem about him being a Cardiff player if Cardiff come up with the money.

"I was willing to speak to Jason. If he wanted to be a West Brom player he would have been welcomed back because he is a good player with a lot of ability.

"But he sees it differently and I've got other things to worry about than Jason Koumas - like three games next week."

Meanwhile, Albion have rejected Manchester United's £2.5million bid for keeper Tomasz Kuszczak because boss Alex Ferguson will not let them have striker Giuseppe Rossi on loan for the season.

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New Cardiff striker Kevin Campbell is urging former West Brom team-mate Jason Koumas to join him at Ninian Park.

The Bluebirds and the Baggies have agreed a £2 million deal, but his arrival in South Wales is being held up because of a row over the method of payment.

"Jason Koumas had a fantastic season (on loan) at Cardiff and a deal can't be far off," said former Arsenal and Everton marksman Campbell, who was released by West Brom at the end of the last campaign.

"I'd love to see Jason here. He adds another dimension to the team because of his flair.

"When you've got players like that in your team, who can do the extraordinary, then you've got a chance, especially in tight games."

Koumas has been heavily fined by the Hawthorns club after refusing to attend pre-season training and any transfer will now have to wait until after the teams' Championship clash at Ninian Park next Tuesday.

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Why don't you just get rid of him, after this episode, no-one's going to pay 1 million for him, never mind the 2 you want.

When's his contract run out, what does Robson plan on doing let him just sit his contract out and go for free??? That does neither party any favours.

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from what I hear Cardiff are going to agree a deal inn the next week.

I think the stumbling block is to do with amount of upfront cash.

Cardiff have offered £2m, but £1m is in add ons.
We have said we will accept £1.5m + 0.5m in add ons.

But when they are offering £0.5m if they get promoted, then thats as good as well not worth the paper its written on (;))

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Balis-of-Steel said:
But when they are offering £0.5m if they get promoted, then thats as good as well not worth the paper its written on (;))
:howler: true.

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Koumas pens new deal

Jason Koumas has penned a new three-year deal with West Brom and has vowed to help the Baggies win promotion.
The midfielder looked certain to be heading for the exit door at the Hawthorns after he failed to report back for pre-season training and a move to Cardiff was on the cards.
However in an amazing turnaround the player committed his future to the club and is now ready to repay the Baggies faithful.

"I'm delighted to sign a new contract and commit my future here. I'm really looking forward to playing here again - I feel like a new signing," Koumas revealed.

"It feels like I've come home again and I'm hoping to play here for a few years to come. The fans here have always been great to me and hopefully I will do the business again for them.

"But as soon as I knew Albion wanted to commit to me I was more than willing to commit myself to this club because I've had good times here and I'm hoping for better times to come.

"I've spoken to the gaffer and there is no problem. There's one club I want to play for, and that's West Brom."

This was unexpected, earlier he said that he will never return to WB and he wants to sign for Cardiff now he seems delighted ?! :eek:
Anyways I dont know how will the rotation in midfield be now, maybe Koumas will play more advanced and Quashie in centre

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Or maybe it will take JK at least 1 month to get fit, and then in the Jan window if he is playign well maybe we will let Gera go?

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Koumas handed Championship award

West Bromwich Albion's Jason Koumas has been named as the Championship's player of the month for December.
The Wales international midfielder found the net four times in six league games as the Baggies remained unbeaten by collecting four wins and two draws.

Koumas has now scored seven goals in 23 league appearances this season.

The other contenders were Birmingham forward Gary McSheffrey, Colchester striker Richard Garcia and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Glenn Whelan.

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Koumas takes Championship prize

West Brom's Jason Koumas has been named Championship Player of the Year.

The Welsh international has taken the honour after a very good campaign in the midfield of Tony Mowbray's side.

"It's a wonderful honour," declared Koumas.

"It has come as a surprise, but it's great that people inside the game have voted for me and even more pleasing is that Baggies fans value my worth in the team.

"It could have gone the other way, but since I returned from Cardiff in the summer the fans have really got behind me."

In a Wales double, the Young Player of the Year award was taken by Southampton's much coveted full-back Gareth Bale
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