As West Bromwich Albion’s 2013-14 season draws to a close, we highlight their best players.
It has been an anti-climactic season for West Bromwich Albion. Following on from the the club's record finish and points total in 2012-13, the Baggies have failed to reach those heights this season, spending the majority of the campaign in the bottom half of the table.
There have been controversies off the pitch, one in particular resulting in the dismissal of Nicolas Anelka, while on it, Albion haven't exactly set the top flight alight.
Record signings Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessegnon have failed to fill the void left by the prolific Romelu Lukaku, while strikers Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie also departed. Despite this, new manager Pepe Mel appears to have kept the club afloat for another season in the coveted Premier League.
Now, let's find out who have been the best players for West Brom this season.
1. Chris Brunt (Winger)
The Baggies captain has led by example, despite missing chunks of the campaign through injury. One of West Brom's longest serving players, Brunt has made over 200 appearances since his move from Sheffield Wednesday in 2007. The 29-year-old has scored three goals and claimed five assists this season; his left-footed deliveries from set-pieces have been the highlights of his campaign.
2. Saido Berahino (Forward)
The young striker made his breakthrough in the Capital One Cup in August, netting a first-half hat-trick and earning an England U21 call-up. Berahino scored the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford in September and netted winning goals against Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and West Ham United. He is the club's top scorer this season with nine goals, which are worth 12 of the Baggies' 36 points to date.
3. Youssouf Mulumbu (Midfielder)
Sitting in front of the defence, Mulumbu's breaking up of play alongside Claudio Yacob is vital to West Brom's counter-attacking style. The Congolese international has made 34 appearances this term and has added two goals - one at rivals Aston Villa and the other being the winner at Swansea City. Mulumbu has been linked to clubs such as Newcastle and Arsenal in recent times, so the Baggies will be hoping to hold on to the midfielder this summer.
4. Jonas Olsson (Defender)
The giant Swede has been very important for the Baggies this season, and the team has been affected when he has not been available. Now a full international, Olsson has been at the club since 2008, making just shy of 200 appearances. He has made 30 of those this season, notching his only goal against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Boxing Day. The Throstles have kept seven clean sheets this season, and Olsson has been present in all of those matches.
5. Morgan Amalfitano (Winger)
The Frenchman, who is on loan from Marseille, has been a regular under Pepe Mel since his appointment in January. As Marcelo Bielsa looks set to take over at his parent club, the future of Amalfitano is unclear at the moment. Of the five players on loan at Albion, the winger has been the most successful and has contributed to the team with four goals and three assists, including one of each against Manchester United. With those goals, Amalfitano has earned the Baggies five points.