Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer is certain the Baggies’ time in English football’s top flight is coming to an end.
Following the recent 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace, West Brom are 10 points adrift from safety, slipping ever closer to Premier League relegation.
Manager Sam Allardyce is still giving his side a chance, suggesting six wins from their remaining nine fixtures could keep them up. Palmer, however, does not believe the Midlands club have it in them and thinks it is too little, too late.
Discussing Allardyce’s recent comments, Palmer said in an exclusive interview with FFC:
“Unfortunately for Sam he didn’t get the kick-start that he would have liked when he first went in there. The side have been unlucky, they should have at least three wins on the board from [recent] games. Burnley, they went down to 10 men, [yet] they absolutely battered Burnley and even Sean Dyche said they should have won the game.
“I think the squad before they brought Sam in, the squad was lacking quality and, you know, unfortunately, he got the quality in the window but just a little bit too late.”
What complicates West Brom’s chances of staying up even further is the form of Fulham, who currently sit above them in 18th on 26 points.
Scott Parker’s side were on a run they would have been pleased with prior to their defeat against Manchester City, managing to beat Sheffield United, draw against Crystal Palace and claim a famous win at Anfield versus Liverpool, which came shortly after a narrow defeat to Tottenham.
Ultimately, the west London club are an obstacle West Brom must first overcome before they can start thinking about the likes of Newcastle United and Brighton, who are both placed just outside the relegation zone.