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21-year-old in: The West Brom XI Bilic should play v Reading tomorrow



West Brom will look to continue their impressive start to the Championship season on Wednesday night, when they host Reading at The Hawthorns.

Under new manager Slaven Bilic, the Baggies have won two and drawn one of their first three league games of the season, and sit third in the early Championship standings.

Reading meanwhile will be heading into the game full of confidence, after picking up their first points of the season following their 3-0 battering of Cardiff City on Sunday.

Bilic has already admitted that he will look to rotate his side on Wednesday, as he believes he will need to use all of his squad if his side are to win promotion to the Premier League this season.

So who might Bilic select to take on Reading on Wednesday night?

Here, we’ve taken a look at who could be named in the Baggies’ starting lineup.

Despite the change in personnel, we still anticipate that Bilic will use the same 4-2-3-1 formation that he has employed so far this season.

In goal, it does look as though Sam Johnstone has more than made the number one spot his own during his time at The Hawthorns, so he should continue between the posts on Wednesday night.

In front of him, the attacking threat shown by Reading on Sunday means that it could be the more experienced Darnell Furlong who comes into replace young Nathan Ferguson at right-back, while Kieran Gibbs should keep his place on the left side of defence for similar reasons.

In the centre of the backline, the continued absence of Ahmed Hegazi due to injury, means that the so-far reliable pairing of Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley ought to continue.

In the midfield, that attacking threat posed by Reading – and in particular John Swift – means that we’ve gone for Rekeem Harper to come in and offer a more defensively solid feel to the centre of the park along with Romaine Sawyers and Jake Livermore, with the arguably more attack-minded Filip Krovinovic dropping out.

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Out wide, West Ham loanee Grady Diangana surely has to be in contention for his first start of the campaign following his match-winning appearance from the bench against Luton on Saturday, while Benfica loanee Chris Willock should also be given the chance to demonstrate his own potential at The Hawthorns.

Up front, Charlie Austin could be set to start having missed the win over Luton, which would give him another opportunity to get off the mark in the league for West Brom, while also giving Kenneth Zohore – who led the line on Saturday – the break it seems Bilic wants to give a number of his players.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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