West Brom worked hard to gain three points against Swansea City in midweek.
They seemed organised from the off; every player looked like they knew what their role was and what was expected of them. The Albion managed to create chances in the form of crosses, free-kicks, through balls into Dwight Gayle and close passes around the edge of the opposition’s area.
Despite a 3-0 victory, the Baggies were not on top throughout the game. Swansea had many opportunities to score, they had a penalty in the 39th minute which was poorly taken by Bersant Celina, and the chance was squandered.
Sam Johnstone also denied the Swans from scoring on numerous occasions with some top-class saves.
Overall, there is a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season to get West Brom into the Premier League. It’ll be interesting to see how Jamie Shen lines up his men for what could be his last game in charge.
Here’s how we think the Baggies will line up:
GK: Sam Johnstone
Fantastic performance in midweek. Would have been a more challenging game without him.
RB: Mason Holgate
Got himself on the end of a Chris Brunt cross to head the ball into the top left corner on Wednesday. It was a great performance and a good goal.
CB: Ahmed Hegazi
Strong, demanding and influential at the back. Good performance from Hegazi in midweek.
CB: Craig Dawson
Better in the back line. In the back four is where he belongs. Plays the basics brilliantly.
LB: Conor Townsend
Unchanged back line. Townsend is the best replacement for Kieran Gibbs. He’s a danger moving forward, but his defensive work needs work. Nevertheless, he is showing potential.
RM: Jacob Murphy
He has been a competent replacement for Harvey Barnes. Works well on the wing. However, he is not above Championship quality just yet.
RCM: Jake Livermore
Shows class in the midfield, but he has to stay in position more often. Being alongside Brunt will help.
CM: Chris Brunt
Had a great game against Swansea, bagging a goal and an assist as well as leading the midfield. I have a feeling Brunt has a lot to do with the way the team is set up under the care of Jamie Shan, and rightly so.
LCM: Rekeem Harper
Lazy when getting back against Swansea. Shows great potential, just needs a manager who will teach him defensive discipline.
LM: Jay Rodriguez
Poached a goal against Swansea. He’s a talented player, can play on the left side as well as up-front, and will be important in the run-in towards the end of the season.
ST: Dwight Gayle
Gayle is best when he has space in behind to exploit, and he’ll hope to find this against Brentford.