This article is part of Football FanCast’s Off the Bench series, which places in-game managerial decisions and squad selections under FFC’s microscope.
West Bromwich Albion thrashed Swansea City 5-1 on Sunday afternoon to regain control of the Championship and make it six straight victories.
The Baggies were in a rampant mood at the Hawthorns, sending the playoff-hunting side back to Wales with zero points and a nice five-goal dent to their goal difference.
It was the first time all season that the Swans were defeated on their travels.
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Pretty much every player in the blue and white stripes played a part with five different goalscorers getting on the scoresheet while Matheus Pereira had the visitors on strings in the number ten role, assisting three and notching one himself.
Even those that came on from the bench had an impact, none more so than Kyle Edwards, who proved that whatever happens next month, he can ensure the club do not suffer from their past mistakes.
The 21-year-old came on for his 16th appearance of the season, his 11th as a substitute, and managed to bag his second goal of the season – via Transfermarkt.
Per SofaScore, Edwards recorded two shots, one successful dribble and a 100% passing accuracy rate.
His cameo was rewarded when Pereira fed him through on goal, and after scoring, Jake Livermore rewarded him with the captain’s armband. That tells you all you need to know about the academy graduate.
Last season, Albion rued the loss of wing ace Harvey Barnes after then-Leicester City boss Claude Puel did a U-turn and recalled him back to the Premier League outfit with his job on the line.
They just weren’t able to replace his nine goals and eight assists as they faltered in the playoff semi-final.
A similar situation could surface next month with Grady Diangana and West Ham, the enigmatic wide man has netted four goals and provided six assists already this campaign and with pressure mounting on Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, who knows that can happen.
But fear not, Edwards has given those in the west Midlands a reminder that he can be the man to step up if need be.