West Brom manager Slaven Bilic should be brave and play this XI vs Stoke

West Bromwich Albion will have to wait until Monday to play out their Championship fixture this weekend, and by then, they could well have lost their first place position.

Last week, Slaven Bilic’s men failed to record a victory despite having two attempts to do so on their own patch, the Hawthorns.

Basement boys Barnsley nearly caused a shock when they went into half-time with a two-goal lead, but the Croatian managed to inspire a comeback with his half-time substitutions, and then just a few days later, Charlton Athletic bagged a 94th-minute penalty to snatch a point.

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The Baggies have still only kept one clean sheet from their 14 league games, so something has got to change, especially in light of their recent struggles.

This is the starting XI we believe West Brom can benefit from most on Monday evening…

Bilic will have to make at least one change as Nathan Ferguson faces a three-game suspension for his rash challenge on Chris Solly last time out, so it makes sense for Conor Townsend to replace him as he was instrumental to their turnaround against the Tykes, assisting the late equaliser.

Ahmed Hegazi should make his return from injury with Albion desperately needing to clinch a few more clean sheets if they genuinely want to gain promotion this season.

If you are Slaven Bilic, who starts vs Stoke?

Kenneth Zohore

Kenneth Zohore

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

Hal Robson-Kanu

Hal Robson-Kanu

There’s a tough decision to make over who he would replace, and through no fault of his own, Kyle Bartley gets dropped, simply because Semi Ajayi cost money this summer.

The remainder of the defence and the goalkeeper remains the same, but upfront, it is time to sack off the struggling Charlie Austin.

One goal in ten matches, per WhoScored, is simply just not good enough when you’ve arrived at the club for £4m on deadline day.

The obvious replacement is Hal Robson-Kanu, who has netted twice in his last three games from the bench, he deserves an opportunity based on that.

Bilic needs to be bold and brave to solidify their title claims.

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