Although West Bromwich Albion lost 1-0 at the Hawthorns to Everton on Thursday evening, Conor Townsend is one of a few players that can be pleased with his performance after turning over the ball four times and whipping in endless crosses as Albion sought an equaliser.

No player made more interceptions and no player had more accurate crosses than the 28-year-old, so the praise he received from supporters on social media was deserved. It’s just a shame for fans that he wasn’t on the winning team.

Against Everton, Townsend played for 90 minutes, had 72 touches, completed 85.4% of his 48 passes, whipped in five crosses with 20% finding a teammate, made one tackle, blocked one shot, made three interception and made two clearances (WhoScored).

The 28-year-old has made 16 appearances in all competitions this season and is a regular at left-back when fit (Transfermarkt). Townsend signed a three-year deal with Albion in mid-February as reward for his form and will be a key player in 2021/22 regardless of what division the Baggies are in.  

Despite the campaign being disappointing, Townsend has been a fairly consistent performer for West Brom, justifiably keeping Kieran Gibbs on the bench.