West Brom are back in Championship action tonight with an away clash against Blackpool in their latest attempt at pushing for a promotion place back to the Premier League.
On the chalkboard
In terms of which players Baggies boss Valerien Ismael could pick for his starting XI to face Blackpool, one figure that featured in West Brom’s 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town at the weekend that should not keep their place in the team this time around is Grady Diangana.
In the 61 minutes he was on the pitch before being replaced by Jordan Hugill, Diangana failed to have any sort of useful attacking impact for his side.
The 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £9m according to Transfermarkt, failed to even have one clear shot at goal, didn’t complete any of the two dribbles he attempted and lost possession on 15 occasions, which could be why he was taken off in the second half.
This performance earned Diangana, who has been praised in the past by Ismael for the “huge quality” he has in him, a disappointing overall match rating of 6.4/10, making him one of West Brom’s lowest-rated players on the day according to SofaScore.
Even though Baggies captain Jake Livermore was sent off in the match against Huddersfield, it’s safe to say that Diangana also let Ismael down at the weekend with his underwhelming performance.
Should Ismael drop Diangana tonight?
With this in mind and the fact that the attacker has only managed to score one goal and provide one assist in the league so far this season despite making 16 appearances, perhaps it would be in the club’s best interest if Ismael dropped Diangana, who has arguably been letting his side down with his lack of goal contributions, from the team on this occasion to see if he could have more of an impact coming off the substitutes bench instead.
In terms of who could come in to replace Diangana, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £25k-per-week according to Salary Sport, if Ismael does drop him tonight, perhaps putting Callum Robinson back in the team after he stayed on the bench at the weekend after managing to score in Ireland’s 3-0 win over Luxembourg during the recent international break.