I don't think supporting a team because you like a particular player is a bad thing, in fact it's more intellectually honest and less tribal.
My fave was always Thierre Henry, but Sunderland is my team.
I too am impressed by West Brom. Also like Blackpool's attack at any cost method.
Sadly experience tells be WBA won't make top 7. They just don't have the money to maintain a top level squad for a whole season of injuries, but Di Matteo has got them believing they deserve to be top flight - great stuff.
I actually like watching Sunderland play more than I care about the result (not something I would have said last year or before), they're coming along. Some really good young players - Jordan Henderson and the Egyptian Elmohady are entertaining. Just wish someone other than Bent or O.G. could score for us. We'll get there though. In past seasons I would have expected the worse but this term has earned the right to be confident about their abilities.