West Bromwich Albion will be looking to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday afternoon.
The Baggies’ new manager Carlos Corberan earned his first three points as Baggies boss with a 1-0 win over Blackpool in midweek, which moved his side off the foot of the Championship table.
However, QPR will be a tougher game for the Spanish manager as Michael Beale’s side currently sit fourth in the second tier after a superb start to the season, so the Midlands outfit will have to be at their best if they are going to take anything from the game.
Corberan could give his side a good chance of success by handing a rare start to Tom Rogic after the former Celtic man came off the bench to devastating effect on Wednesday.
The Australia international registered an admittedly fortunate assist for Okay Yokuslu’s winning goal as the ball bounced off Rogic into the path of the Turkish midfielder, but his overall performance was also strong.
After coming on in the 76th minute, the 29-year-old would contribute one long ball, one key pass, three successful duels and two tackles, earning an impressive 7.1/10 rating from SofaScore for his performance.
Rogic has started just once for the Baggies since joining the club in September and needs more of an opportunity to show what he can do in this West Brom side, especially as there are just two games left before the World Cup break.
The attacking midfielder regularly showed his capabilities with Celtic, contributing a superb 46 goals and 49 assists in 272 appearances for the Hoops, including 16 goal contributions in his final season with the club.
Former teammate Josip Juranovic sang the Australian’s praises last season after he scored the winner against Motherwell. He said:
“For me, he is little Messi. He’s a bit taller than the original but there’s only one big Messi, he can be the little one. He’s so good. He’s one of the best players I have played with at club level.”
Although he stands seven inches taller than the Argentinian superstar, any comparison with one of the greatest players of all time is a good one, and West Brom fans will be hoping that it is only a matter of time until he starts producing performances of that level at the Hawthorns.
With such a tough game at QPR on Saturday, Corberan needs his best players out there and Rogic deserves a chance to show what he can do from the start, as when he is on form he is more than capable of running the show.