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West Brom: Tom Fellows could solve big issue vs Coventry City

West Brom’s first Championship match in December sees them take on Coventry City away from home at the weekend.

Albion have racked up an incredibly mixed bag of results throughout October and November with the Baggies heading into the match at Coventry with three draws and a defeat in their four previous league games with just one goal scored.

In terms of what XI Valerien Ismael could pick to start the match, there’s one area of the pitch that could give the boss some cause for concern on this occasion.

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With Jake Livermore and Jayson Molumby serving bans and Robert Snodgrass seemingly out of the frame altogether, it seems as though Ismael could have a decision to make over who will play alongside Alex Mowatt in central-midfield.

Opportunity knocks

One player that could take advantage of this situation and make his mark on the team is 18-year-old Tom Fellows, who has been on the substitutes bench for West Brom’s two previous league games.

Despite predominantly playing on the right-hand side of the pitch or left-hand side on occasions in the past, this could be the opportunity that Fellows has been waiting for to show Ismael what he can do in the senior team to see if he can do a job for them in a new central role.

With West Brom u18 manager Peter Gilbert previously saying that Fellows has “physical aspects which can hurt teams, no matter which position he plays in,” this suggests that the youngster could have what it takes to at least fill in for the missing senior central-midfielders on this occasion and possibly even transform how the team plays altogether.

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Indeed, with four goal involvements in Premier League 2 this term, there is certainly a case to be made that he could influence proceedings in the final third for the Albion first-team.

However, given how West Brom could really do with a win to get their season back on track and keep them in the race for a promotion place back to the Premier League, Ismael may see it as too much of a risk to play an inexperienced youngster in an unfamiliar position against senior opposition.

That said, if Ismael took the gamble and put Fellows in from the start against Coventry and he manages to make the most out of the opportunity and impress his manager, this could well spark the start of his senior career at The Hawthorns, which would surely be incredibly exciting for the fans.

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