After sacking Darren Moore following the Ipswich game, West Brom are left without a manager for their midweek game against Swansea City.
Jamie Shan has been left in charge for the clash, and it’s hard to anticipate how he will approach it.
The uninspiring 1-1 draw against Ipswich left Baggies fans in frustration with the lack of enthusiasm shown by the West Brom players. Change was needed, and although it was sad to see an Albion legend relieved of his position, it may be best for the club’s progression.
It’s clear to see where the Baggies’ weaknesses lie. First of all, they have conceded 48 goals in 36 games which is more than any team in the top eight of the Championship.
Secondly, they have accumulated a total of 68 cards this season, the sixth highest in the league.
Lastly, they have not won more than three games in a row this term. West Brom have shown promising signs, but winning games is now crucial if they are to make a push for promotion.
Here’s how we think the Baggies will line up against Swansea:
GK: Sam Johnstone
Sam Johnstone is sure to start. There will be no change, as he was the only good player against Ipswich.
RB: Mason Holgate
Hopefully, Holgate is back from injury so he can give the backline a bit of attacking threat on the right.
CB: Ahmed Hegazi
Hegazi didn’t play against Ipswich. Surely he will be given the start against Swansea.
CB: Craig Dawson
Dawson tried his hardest to create some attacking threat by playing a free roaming role in front of the defence against Ipswich, but the plan hardly paid off. Back to basics and back in central defence, please.
LB: Chris Brunt
Brunt would be a great replacement for the injured Keiran Gibbs. He’s a top leader, can get forward and has experience playing at the back.
RM: Matt Phillips
Matt Phillips needs to be put in a more spacious role out wide so he can run at the defence and create chances.
CM: Jake Livermore
Livermore is likely to start. He needs to show more desire than he did in the last game.
CM: Gareth Barry
Barry would be an experienced, reliable option against Swansea.
LM: Jacob Murphy
Murphy has more to show. He got into good attacking positions in the last game, but his finishing needs work.
ST: Jay Rodriguez
Rodriguez would benefit from playing in a central role that would allow him to pose a greater attacking threat.
ST: Dwight Gayle
Gayle would work well feeding off Rodriguez, collecting the loose balls, tapping in any rebounds, and running in behind the Swansea defence.