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West Brom: Bruce must axe Semi Ajayi tonight

West Brom managed to snatch an unexpected draw in their previous Championship game against Huddersfield Town with two late goals from Karlan Grant and Andy Carroll rescuing a point for the Baggies after they found themselves 2-0 down with 74 minutes on the clock.

Tonight, the Midlands club are back in action against another tough side as Fulham make the trip to the Hawthorns as they look to increase their hefty lead at the top of the league table.

On the chalkboard

One player that did start against Huddersfield that shouldn’t be in the team on this occasion is defender Semi Ajayi.

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Despite assisting Carroll’s dramatic goal against the Terriers, the centre-back showed in that game that he may not be the best defensive option for the Baggies as he failed to block any shots or make any interceptions or tackles.

He also showed that he can be a liability at times in terms of his defensive play having lost six of the eight duels he was involved in last week and getting dribbled past on three occasions.

This ultimately earned the 28-year-old, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £13k-per-week according to Salary Sport, a disappointing overall match rating of 6.3 from SofaScore, making him the lowest-rated Baggies player on the day, which would have presumably been even lower had he not grabbed the assist that gained his team a point.

Should Bruce drop Semi Ajayi tonight?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Having been slammed in the past for being “very poor” on the ball and dropping a “stinker” of a performance against QPR earlier in the season by West Brom podcaster Adrian Goldberg, Ajayi has shown that he isn’t the most consistent of performers.

With this in mind and the fact that tonight’s opponents have scored a whopping 90 goals in 36 league games this season, it’s safe to say that the Midlands club will need to be at their very best to get a positive result against Marco Silva’s side, which could then lead to the Nigerian being left out of the team.

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