West Bromwich Albion host Everton at the Hawthorns on Thursday evening and Steve Madeley of The Athletic believes Sam Allardyce could ring the changes as the Baggies face Newcastle United just three days after the midweek clash.
Sunday meeting has extra importance as Newcastle are in a relegation dogfight, so Albion might use Thursday to rest a number of first-team players. Okay Yokuslu is one player Madeley believes might benefit from the break, opening the door to Jake Livermore to return.
The 31-year-old has been an unused substitute in three of the Baggies last four Premier League games and hasn’t started for West Brom since early February (Transfermarkt), but he was a regular under Sam Allardyce prior to Yokuslu joining.
Livermore replaced the Turkish international from the bench in February’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United too, so he’s the obvious option if the new-boy needs a rest.
Yokuslu is a combative player who frequently turns over possession, but Livermore averages an attempted tackle every 37.3 minutes to Okay’s 51.8 minutes (WhoScored), so he is a decent alternative when in form.
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Allardyce doesn’t have much of a choice if he wants to focus on the Newcastle clash, as Romain Sawyers isn’t a natural holding midfielder and Sam Field was loaned out to Queens Park Rangers, so Livermore is the best of an average bunch.