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West Brom: Corberan must ditch Thomas-Asante for Daryl Dike

West Bromwich Albion are cruising at the moment, with Carlos Corberan having helped his side climb the table, riding the wave of five straight Championship victories.

It seems insane to suggest changing anything about his methods or the current team, but the sensational performance of one man against Sunderland still sticks in the memory.

Having found themselves 1-0 down at the Stadium of Light, it seemed a tall order to completely turn the game around against a side in similarly impressive form.

However, the 64th-minute introduction of Daryl Dike was the catalyst for such an event.

Having missed large amounts of football throughout 2022 due to injury, he had been nurtured back into the fold by the Spanish manager keen on managing his minutes.

But it was his freshness that proved integral, as it took him just four minutes to contribute to his first goal.

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Using his hulking strength, he held off the defender and unleashed Tom Rogic on the edge of the area. His cool finish saw them equalise, and then with eight minutes to go, he would truly exert his will on the game. 

With Jed Wallace pushed wide he whipped a hopeful but teasing cross into the area. Leaving Anthony Patterson in no man’s land, the American headed past the stranded shot-stopper to complete the turnaround.

Considering Karlan Grant’s poor goalscoring form and Brandon Thomas-Asante’s lack of experience at the highest level, there is no way they would have contributed in the way that the 22-year-old did.

The latter in particular has been preferred to Dike in recent matches from the beginning, but as his fitness grows then surely Corberan must be preparing to ditch the former Salford City marksman.

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West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce

First up on the quiz: after what game was Steve Bruce sacked by West Brom?

With four goals to his name in this division now he has acclimatised well, but that is no match for the former Barnsleybeast” – as dubbed by Nigel Quashie – who scored nine in just 22 games whilst on loan.

Once he is deemed 100% available, the striking dilemma that plagued Steve Bruce will be no longer, as Dike’s performance on Wearside proved he is a class above the rest.