West Bromwich Albion host Everton on Thursday evening and Sam Allardyce could ring the changes to his side as the Baggies host Newcastle United at the Hawthorns only three days later. Albion might consider Sunday’s clash more important as Newcastle are also in a relegation fight, so many first-teamers could be rested in midweek.
Steve Madeley of The Athletic believes Albion’s wingers might be in line for ‘rotation’, so Matheus Pereira and Matt Phillips could drop out of the side. Robert Snodgrass is close to returning from injury and could occupy Phillips’ position on the right while Grady Diangana is ‘waiting in the wings’ to start on the left in place of Pereira.
The Brazilian is West Brom’s top scorer and top assist-maker this season. He’s had a hand in eight goals from 19 Premier League starts (WhoScored) but has fired blanks in his previous five outings, so Allardyce might want to freshen things up. Diangana is back fit, had a cameo appearance in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion and can beat most defenders in a one-on-one.
The 22-year-old has only scored one goal in 16 league games this season (Transfermarkt), but he averages a successful dribble every 47.6 minutes to Pereira’s 65.4 so he could get in behind the opposition more frequently to create opportunities.
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Diangana was a regular before his injury and can change the game with his pace and trickery, so he might be given a start on Thursday.