West Brom’s return to the Premier League ended in defeat as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Leicester City at The Hawthorns.

A Timothy Castagne header and a penalty brace from Jamie Vardy were enough to get The Foxes off to the perfect start, as they simply had too much for Albion, whose sloppy second-half performance cost them in their opening game.

Slaven Bilic opted for a surprise five at the back system, which saw Dara O’Shea play in central defence alongside Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley.

Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana started on the wings for the first time as permanent players whilst Callum Robinson was the lone striker.

The Baggies started brightly for the opening 25 minutes but didn’t create any meaningful chances to punish a sloppy start from the visitors.

As the second half grew on, Leicester started opening up Albion on multiple occasions, but Harvey Barnes was thwarted by a number of routine stops by Sam Johnstone.

Leicester’s early dominance in the second half provided the first goal of the game as Dennis Praet’s perfectly clipped cross was headed home from close range by debutant Castagne, who got ahead of Kieran Gibbs and Dara O’Shea to power The Foxes in front.

From then on, The Baggies totally disintegrated, making silly mistakes at the back that wouldn’t go unpunished in the Premier League.

With 16 minutes to go, on a Leicester counter-attack, Bartley stupidly grappled Vardy down to the ground inside the penalty area and referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.

Vardy comfortably sent Johnstone the wrong way to open his account for the season and continue his brilliant goalscoring record at The Hawthorns.

Albion then sloppily handed the visitors another spot-kick as O’Shea caught James Justin inside the area when attempting to go for the ball.

Vardy was the beneficiary again and slotted his penalty ruthlessly in the same corner to condemn the Baggies to the foot of the Premier League table after the opening day.

Here’s how we rated the WBA players in the 3-0 defeat: