Valerien Ismael rather avoided the question when asked about Kenneth Zohore’s absence from the squad in West Bromwich Albion’s comprehensive 4-0 win over Sheffield United on Wednesday evening, speaking to BirminghamLive.
The Frenchman did not want to give too much away, however insinuated a potential lack of endeavour on Zohore’s part, choosing instead to focus on the work ethic of the players that he did pick in the squad.
Ismael said: “I don’t want to speak about the players not in the squad, I want to speak about the players who played. The only thing I can tell you is my expectation – my expectation is that the players give 100%, the right attitude and the right mentality.
“Tonight, it was exactly the case.”
The result lifted the Baggies to the summit of the Championship table of goals scored, slamming home nine in just three games.
Darnell Furlong’s long throw worked a treat on Wednesday evening, with Michael Verrips clutching at thin air for two of the goals.
Zohore scored three goals in 19 appearances on loan at Millwall last term and could be a crucial cog in the outgoing department if West Brom are to bring in another striker before the 31st August deadline.
The 27-year-old’s contract runs until the end of next season so a season-long loan move could be on the cards once again with an eventual permanent transfer in the summer.
Despite not explicitly referencing Zohore in his post-match comments, what Ismael did say shows that he is content with his current squad, such that the Dane was not a part of on Wednesday evening.
Zohore’s services could be a decent pickup for a bottom half second tier club, a menacing physical presence when chances are created and a player who will be aiming to attract new destinations with his future at the Hawthorns looking bleak.