West Bromwich Albion boss could get back to winning ways with return of trio

West Bromwich Albion had a bright start to their promotion chase as the moved to the top echelons of the Championship table.

However, the club have dropped out of the top six following a winless run of four matches.

Darren Moore’s side have prided themselves on the team’s attack this season, but defensively there has been some frailties.

In the club’s last four outings, they conceded seven goals and only managed to score two in the other direction.

The Baggies face a daunting prospect this weekend as they are due to take on league leaders Leeds United at The Hawthorns.

However, they have received a fitness boost as three of their players are expected to be fit for the encounter.

According to theĀ Express & Star, Dwight Gayle, Kieran Gibbs and Gareth Barry are expected to be available.

Moore has been without Barry for the last four games, while Gayle and Gibbs have been absent for the last two.

How will this affect the team?

If Gayle is fit and firing then it is a no-brainer for Moore to place him back in the starting XI.

The striker, who is on loan from Newcastle United for the season, has scored eight goals in 13 matches and has linked up well with Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Barnes.

As a result of his inclusion, there is a chance that James Morrison may miss out as he played in the number 10 role against Hull City, which allowed Barnes to play further forward alongside Jay Rodriguez.

Dwight Gayle celebrates during West Bromwich Albion v Queens Park Rangers

With Chris Brunt expected to miss the encounter, Morrison could slot back into midfield, although Barry will be keen to regain his position alongside Jake Livermore.

As for Gibbs, he is likely to replace Conor Townsend, who has been filling in during the ex-Arsenal star’s absence.

With Gayle, in particular, back in the team, West Brom have a better chance of getting a result against Leeds.

However, if they struggle once again, questions will be asked regarding their promotion chances.

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