If West Brom boss Slaven Bilic’s job is truly hanging by a thread, then visiting Manchester City in the Premier League is probably the last game he needs, though he ought to do himself some favours over his team selection.
The Baggies have won just one game all season with their latest defeat coming on Saturday afternoon as former loan sensation Dwight Gayle scored on his return to action following injury.
They now sit second from bottom, three points from 17th-placed Burnley, who defeated Arsenal a day after.
Only two teams in the top-flight have scored fewer goals than Albion and Bilic’s task in changing that have been made harder as Matheus Pereira serves the second of his three-game suspension.
Summer signing Karlan Grant has hardly hit the ground running either, so might it be time for a change upfront? We certainly think so…
The 23-year-old forward has managed to find the net once in eight starts, that goal coming seven matches ago in a 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.
At St James’ Park, Grant was hooked at half-time, the first real sign of Bilic losing his patience with the former Huddersfield Town star and as such, he must show no mercy and leave him on the bench against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Bilic is hardly short on options in attack either.
Until the weekend, Charlie Austin was practically frozen out at the club but given his experience in the Premier League – playing 107 times, scoring 34 goals – he ought to be helping their cause.
There’s also joint-top goalscorer Callum Robinson and Hal Robson-Kanu as potential alternatives.
Either way, there’s only so long you can stick with the faltering Baggies flop. It is indeed still early days in his career at the Hawthorns, but he has done nothing to warrant a continued place in the starting XI.
Bilic must show no mercy and desperately hand the reins to someone else.
Grant will have plenty of time to turn it around after signing a six-year deal upon arrival too. At least the Baggies will be extremely well-equipped if they do return to the Championship.