West Brom followed on from their disappointing 2-0 defeat against Preston North End in midweek with yet another loss by the same scoreline, this time in their away clash against Millwall on Saturday.
A brace from striker Benik Afobe secured the win for the east London club and handed the Baggies their fourth defeat in their last six league games.
One player who stood out for West Brom today, but for all the wrong reasons in terms of his performance, was full-back Darnell Furlong.
In his 90 minutes on the pitch at The Den, the 26-year-old – who is currently picking up £15k-per-week according to Salary Sport – had 46 touches of the ball but lost possession 25 times whilst making just seven accurate passes out of the 20 he attempted, as per SofaScore.
Things weren’t much better for him off the ball either, with Furlong losing seven of his 12 duels and failing to make even one interception or clearance.
This display ultimately earned the Englishman an overall match rating of 6.2/10, making him the lowest-rated outfield West Brom player on the day according to SofaScore, showing just how much of a liability he was against Millwall.
Birmingham Live also picked up on his underwhelming performance by giving him a match rating of 4/10 and saying that his “sloppy challenges often disrupted the flow of play”.
Given West Brom’s disappointing run of form over the past few weeks, with Ismael reportedly clinging on to his job amid speculation that he would be leaving The Hawthorns after their midweek defeat at Preston, this latest disappointment could have sealed the Frenchman’s fate in terms of his future in charge of the club.
With that in mind, the pressure will be on Furlong and the other Albion players to start performing and get their season back on track if they want to have any chance of securing promotion by the end of the campaign.
If that doesn’t happen, they could well cost Ismael his job at West Brom and force the hierarchy to seek yet another new manager to take charge of the team – and potentially end up navigating another season in the Championship.