West Bromwich Albion may still be unbeaten in the Championship so far this season, but there will be a sense of disappointment that they’re yet to win since the end of the international break.
The two-week period of no club football was traumatic enough for the Baggies as they lost key defender Dara O’Shea for a number of months, but they’ve picked up back-to-back draws in the last week.
Valerien Ismael faced a tough test against Millwall at The Hawthorns last Saturday and the Londoners escaped with a 1-1 draw, but a win was expected against Derby County in midweek.
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Despite dominating the contest though, the Baggies couldn’t find a breakthrough past Kelle Roos and they had to settle for a goalless draw.
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West Brom’s strikers are currently misfiring and after an impressive cameo performance against the Rams, fans have been calling for Jordan Hugill’s inclusion from the start for the very first time.
And it’s clear that Ismael has been listening as the 29-year-old has been thrown in against his former club, but he won’t be partnering another ex-Lilywhite in Callum Robinson who has been relegated to the bench, with Matt Phillips also coming in for Karlan Grant.
Baggies fans have been reacting to the line-up on social media – here’s what they have to say.
Not confident today at all https://t.co/nYreiplVHH
— Brad (@wbabrad) September 18, 2021
Hugill hatrick, heard it here first🤲🏼
— 𝑫𝒂𝒏🗣 (@danwba_) September 18, 2021
Why would you drop Robinson????
— Albion News & Opinions (@albion_gaming) September 18, 2021
Just what we needed 😍🔵⚪️
— Jack. (@PhaseDZN) September 18, 2021
A good team tbf
— Jaᴋe (@Iaiout) September 18, 2021
No Robinson starting?? 🙈
— Leon Tromans (@MickyMellon1) September 18, 2021
Let's go lads. Hugil brace incoming
— leon chambers (@leonwba91) September 18, 2021