With the arrival of Daniel Sturridge on loan for the rest of the season, Alan Pardew now has a decision to make when it comes down to who starts in midfield and up top in his West Brom side.
In Saturday’s disappointing defeat to fellow strugglers Southampton, a 4-4-2 formation was applied with a midfield consisting of Matt Phillips, Gareth Barry, Claudio Yacob and Chris Brunt with Salomon Rondon and Sturridge up top. It’s safe to say it didn’t work and the Baggies looked much more of a threat going forward when Yacob was replaced with Oliver Burke midway through the second half.
If fit, Grzegorz Krychowiak would have started ahead of Yacob, and he undoubtedly offers more support to the strikers than the Argentinian does, but I personally feel that if we are going to give ourselves any chance of survival, Pardew needs to start being much braver with his team selections from now on in.
He needs to throw caution to the wind and make a genuine attempt to win every game. For me, one of those defensive midfielders needs to be sacrificed for a more attack minded player.
I have taken a look the six players I would love to see start in front of the defence. Playing this six against one of the big boys may be a bit too ambitious but against anyone else, I feel it’s a must in order to get those points on the board that we so desperately need.