90min and Birmingham Live noted how Branislav Ivanovic underperformed once again for West Bromwich Albion in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Arsenal and surely it’s time for Sam Allardyce to drop him for good.
The 36-year-old was beaten to the ball by Bukayo Saka for Arsenal’s second goal, was taken on in his own area by Alexandre Lacazette which nearly resulted in a goal and was slow to react to the rebound from Sam Johnstone’s initial save as Lacazette finished for the Gunners’ third goal.
Ivanovic joined West Brom on a free transfer from Zenit St Petersburg in September and has made 11 Premier League appearances, with his performances at best being described as a statistical mixed bag.
He had blocked 11 shots andpasses, made 23 clearances and averaged a tackle (14) or interception (eight) every 34 minutes. However, he has also given away 11 fouls (one every 67 minutes), been dribbled past six times (once every 124 minutes) and lost 43% of his 23 aerial duels. [WhoScored]
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Ivanovic doesn’t seem up to the level required to play in the Premier League anymore, so questions must be asked why Allardyce is persisting with him. The Albion manager did hook the 6 foot 1 (1.85m) Serbian international for Kyle Bartley after 65 minutes on Saturday night, but his side were already 4-0 down by then.
Allardyce is on the hunt for another centre-back in January, so it’s time for him to stop kidding himself about the 36-year-old.