West Bromwich Albion suffered a 5-0 defeat to Leeds United on Tuesday evening and Lee Peltier was one of many players criticised for his performance.

The 34-year-old was making his first Premier League start of the season and struggled to contain Raphinha and Stuart Dallas on the right flank.

For Leeds’ fourth goal, Peltier was beaten in the air to a long-range diagonal pass and the move resulted in Mateusz Klich setting up Rodrigo to score.

And for Leeds’ fifth goal, Raphinha was allowed to cut inside and rifle an effort from the edge of the box to wrap up the scoring.

Against Leeds, Peltier played for 90 minutes, had 31 touches, failed to win an aerial duel, completed only 63.2% of 19 passes, made four clearances, created one chance, made one interception, failed to whip in an accurate cross and made three tackles.

The 5ft 8in defender has made only four appearances in all competitions this season, two of which came in the EFL Cup three months ago, so he was bound to be rusty.

Peltier had made one substitute appearance in the Premier League two weeks ago, which was his first taste of top-flight football in 2020/21, so can fans really blame him for lacking match practice?