West Bromwich Albion’s first match under the new leadership of Carlos Corberan is fast approaching, and with the Baggies’ current run of miserable form, there are a few decisions the Spaniard has to make to give himself the best possible chance of a winning start.
The management of both Steve Bruce and Richard Beale sees Albion currently occupying the second-tier relegation zone, where they sit three points adrift from safety. The Baggies have won just once in 11 Championship matches.
One of these decisions that he must make is to give Tom Rogic a solid run of games in the starting line-up, as he boasts qualities far beyond most players in the squad.
This kind of pedigree and experience makes him a more impressive option than Jake Livermore, as well as a more experienced and talented addition to help improve the Baggies’ young midfielder Taylor Gardner-Hickman.
Although he has suffered a patchy start to life at the Hawthorns, with an average SofaScore match rating of just 6.47 whilst playing 34 minutes per game – under the management of Corberan, he could well thrive.
Both he and Postecoglou prefer a highly structured pressing style, so Rogic should take like a duck to water with the Spaniard’s methods.
Bruce vastly underused the 29-year-old before being sacked, and now we could see the very best of the Socceroos star.
With quality and experience in spades, plus the tactical nouse to instantly identify with the new system, Corberan will be thanking his lucky stars that he has a player like Rogic to instantly rely upon in his midfield.