West Brom will have to make do without a key man for their second-leg against Aston Villa, as they look to overturn a one goal deficit after falling to a narrow 2-1 defeat to Dean Smith’s side.
Dwight Gayle opened the scoring on the day, but was dismissed late on in the defeat as he was adjudged to have fouled Aston Villa goalkeeper, Jed Steer.
The forward has been key to the success of this West Brom team this season, and without him, you have to fear that the Baggies are going to struggle for goals in the second-leg.
He has 23 goals to his name, and alongside Jay Rodriguez, West Brom have one of the best striking partnerships in the Championship.
But his absence, means that Baggies boss, James Shan will be contemplating a potential formation change for the second-leg against Dean Smith’s side.
If that is to happen, then one man that will certainly fancy his chances of coming into the side to play his part is Newcastle loanee, Jacob Murphy.
The winger has hardly featured since signing on loan in January’s Deadline Day, and he’ll be keen to make up for lost time.
He’s made just eight starts in his time with the club, and with two goals and an assist to his name, Murphy will be keen to prove a point to West Brom supporters and James Shan.
There’s no doubting that Murphy has the quality to be playing regularly in the Championship, and he needs to grasp this potential opportunity with both hands, otherwise his loan spell has been one to forget, that’s for sure.