West Bromwich Albion: A Look at the Baggies' Unlikely Rise This Season

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West Bromwich Albion: A Look at the Baggies' Unlikely Rise This Season
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Forget Everton, forget West Ham, it has been West Brom's stunning start that deserves the most plaudits.

The small-scale Midlands club that hasn't won a significant trophy since 1968, nor appeared in a cup final since 1970, lies in fifth position in the Premier League, behind fellow upstarts Everton only on goal difference.

But even the renowned cash-poor Blues have top-class players like Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar in their ranks. The casual football fan would have been able to impress his friends by naming three West Brom players before the season began.

Here is a look at the Baggies' unlikely rise to prominence this term, and why the ultimate underdogs may just be here to stay.

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