West Bromwich Albion are hosting their rivals in what could be a key Black Country derby later tonight.
This is a must-play for Sam Allardyce’s men, as they sit 11 points ahead of safety, with only five games left, so a defeat will confirm their relegation.
The 66-year-old, who will still have such a grim feat in his autobiography, will have to find a place to select his team and will be prompted by the fact that they beat the Wolves when the two teams last met.
After turning a corner in defense after the January transfer window closed, Beggy looked terribly pliable from behind again, conceding five goals in their last two outings.
Is it time for Furlong to drop out of Albion’s starting XI?
The right side of Big Sam’s back four looked particularly weak in both games, so the Albion boss should consider a change there, with Darnell Furlong certainly facing the ax.
The 25-year-old has been inconsistent throughout the campaign, ranking their ninth best player (6.65) according to the WhoScored rating, but in the last two games he has performed below that average, raising the disastrous 6.06 against Leicester City and 6.61 last time-out against Villa.
Against the foxes, he was particularly extravagant in possession, losing the ball an incredible 25 times – conveniently the most on the field – and made only 36% of his 25 passes, according to SofaScore.
This was then repeated at Villa Park, where the former QPR star made just eight assists in 90 minutes on the pitch. It’s only one every 11 minutes.
BirminghamLive’s Joseph Chapman claims to be fighting the threat posed by Anwar El Ghazi, and this could happen again with people like Adama Traore and Daniel Podence at Nuno Santo’s disposal.
Runners cannot afford to continue to miss targets when there is so much land to cover in such a short time. Perhaps it would be a more sensible decision to focus on Dara O’Shea’s stronger defense, which is flexible enough to play in the middle and on the right.
Former Albion boss Slaven Bilic, who presented the young Irishman with his debut, praised him after saying: “Dara is the future and he can attend. Dara is one of the reasons we didn’t sign another defender when I came to the club, ”said BirminghamLive.
Furlong is currently holding West Brom, so Big Sam has to watch out for mercy and cut off the right-back with a rating of £ 9 million tonight.
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