West Brom have another Friday evening Championship fixture ahead of them tomorrow as they welcome Huddersfield Town to the Hawthorns in Steve Bruce’s latest game in charge of the Baggies.
Despite securing a much-needed victory in their previous league match against Hull City at the weekend, it seems as though the Midlands club could be in danger of having one of their key players unavailable to take on the Terriers.
According to a recent Twitter post from journalist Joseph Masi, Bruce revealed in his latest press conference that midfielder Alex Mowatt is a doubt for tomorrow’s match with a slight muscle injury but the Baggies boss is apparently hopeful that the Englishman will be fit enough to play.
Given how the 27-year-old has played more minutes in the league than any other central-midfielder in Bruce’s squad with three goals and two assists to his name, it’s safe to say that he is seen as an important figure for the team.
The summer recruit has racked up the fifth-highest number of interceptions (33) and joint-fifth highest number of tackles won (23) in the league alongside Kyle Bartley, which highlights what a useful defensive figure he is from midfield.
Taking into account how Huddersfield have scored 12 more league goals than the Baggies in this campaign, the home side would definitely benefit from having Mowatt’s defensive capabilities in the team tomorrow if they want to have any chance of securing a positive result.
With an overall rating of 6.91 according to WhoScored, making him the fifth-highest rated player at the Hawthorns and the highest-rated midfielder, the former Barnsley star would certainly be a big miss for his current side if he’s not fit enough to play in tomorrow’s clash.
While Bruce said in his press conference he is hopeful that his midfield gem will overcome his muscle issue and be fine to play, he will secretly be sweating over the matter given how useful Mowatt has proved himself to be.
The former Newcastle United boss has only managed to win one game since being appointed as the West Brom manager so could really do with another victory, something that would be made harder without the 27-year-old.
Moving forward, if the £9m-rated midfield is fit to play, then he should definitely be in the starting XI, however, if he’s not 100% then he shouldn’t be risked just for the sake of one game when there’s a chance he could then go on to miss more matches.