West Brom will be desperate to take a crucial three points tomorrow night at the Hawthorns as their competitors for automatic promotion dropped points in their midweek games.
Both Fulham and Bournemouth were tied to a draw last night in their Championship fixtures, which will give West Brom the opportunity to tighten the gap between the two in third, with a three-point win in their Friday night game against Nottingham Forest.
One player who will be hoping to get the nod for a start in the side is Robert Snodgrass.
The 34-year-old returned from injury a few weeks ago, but is yet to make his return to a starting lineup for the Championship challengers, and will be hoping that a failed appeal attempt on Jake Livermore’s red card from last weekend, will give him the opportunity to make an impact and start in the side.
Snodgrass was thought to still be unavailable due to injury and fitness issues, however, Valerien Ismael confirmed this wasn’t the case when asked if the player was still unfit, the Albion boss simply said;
“No, I picked the squad.”
The Baggies boss has been selecting midfielder Jayson Molumby in Livermore’s absence, but after a draw against Blackpool where leadership was clearly lacking, Ismael could look to a more experienced player like Snodgrass to fill the boots of the former England international, in the home clash against Forest.
Speaking to West Brom News, former West Brom forward, Kevin Phillips, spoke out about getting Snodgrass into the team, and utilising his expertise;
“I would like to see more of him. Snoddy’s got experience and he stood out to me,” he said.
“Snodgrass has that experience to guide people around him.”
This West Brom squad are clearly lacking something in their set-up, as they continue to waste opportunities and are failing to dominate games enough to actually register a win, especially in their last three games where we have seen the Baggies have a number of chances but never really complete them, scoring just once.
A natural leader with experience could inject a bit more structure into the build up play from midfield, and £24k-per-week Snodgrass can potentially offer that to the Albion side.
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