It's December, which can only mean the annual debate about a winter break inthe Premier League.
Years of tradition thrown away in the name of managers moaning about players not being given a rest during a busy season.
It’s a hard life working during the festive season, but someone has to do it.
Albion have five games in December, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Queens Park Rangers. They then host Wigan, visit Blackburn, head north to Newcastle and, finally, welcome Manchester City on Boxing Day.
Albion begin 2012 with a home game against Everton on New Year’s Day.
Thankfully, Jonas Olsson is more than willing.
The giant Swede enjoys our Christmas and New Year programme. A winter break is certainly not for him. “It is special in this country – I love it,” said Olsson, commenting on the coming games.
“I missed some games last year because of injury and it was so disappointing because it’s nice playing at this time of year.
“I love the December games – I really enjoy the matches around Boxing Day and then leading up to the New Year.
“The atmosphere around the grounds is great and I want to stay fit to really enjoy it this year.
“I think the players enjoy this part of the season too.
“These games leading up to Christmas will be vital now. It’s important not to lose the momentum because the games come so quickly.
“Last year, we struggled around the Christmas period and if you are not on your toes leading into the Christmas games it can hurt you.”