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How West Brom’s starting XI may look under Sam Allardyce

West Brom are about to embark on a new era as Sam Allardyce has replaced Slaven Bilic at the Hawthorns.

The Croatian was sacked less than 24 hours after guiding the Baggies to an impressive 1-1 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday evening.

And now the 66-year-old has returned to management after two-and-a-half years out of the game.

Will West Brom stay up under Sam Allardyce?

Yes!

Yes!

No!

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The Midlands outfit officially announced his appointment on Wednesday afternoon with the former England manager signing an 18-month contract.

Allardyce has also managed the likes of Bolton, Blackburn West Ham and most recently, Everton.

But how might West Brom’s starting XI look once he has implemented his own ideas?

Here’s what we are predicting…

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Allardyce is typically known as a direct and counter-attacking manager, but one who can get the most out of players by playing exactly where they should be played.

We could well see a similar 4-4-2 to what we saw during his time at Bolton – incorporating a target man as well as a creative attacking midfielder (Jay-Jay Okocha) that’s given the freedom to operate out wide.

The other two in the middle were often industrious box-to-box types (Kevin Nolan and Gary Speed) whilst only one of the two full-backs (Ricardo Gardner) were allowed to bomb on up the pitch.

West Brom appear to have the players to fit this style.

Sam Johnstone will stay between the sticks whilst a no-nonsense duo of Kyle Bartley, when fit, and Branislav Ivanovic will partner up in the middle of defence. They will keep it simple with passes out wide or into midfield.

Darnell Furlong may act as the Baggies’ version of Gardner with Kieran Gibbs the defensively-minded option on the other flank.

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Jake Livermore and Conor Gallagher could form a hard-working partnership in the engine room whilst Matheus Pereira is an easy comparison to Okocha, he’ll be given the keys to drift out wide with Furlong overlapping throughout.

Grady Diangana may be utilised on the other side with Albion outcast Charlie Austin returning as the ‘target man.’

He’ll partner Karlan Grant in attack as Allardyce looks to find his new Nicolas Anelka and Kevin Davies.

It does mean that there is no place for Slaven Bilic favourite Semi Ajayi or Romaine Sawyers, whilst academy stars Kyle Edwards and Rekeem Harper continue to be frozen out.

AND in other news, Forget Johnstone, West Brom dynamo who won 10 duels stole the show against Man City

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