This was supposed to be a wish list of West Bromwich Albion players desired by teams retaining their status in the PL for the 18/19 campaign. For a multitude of reasons West Brom have plenty of capable talents on hand but have been restricted due to Tony Pulis’ defensive 442 alignment.
Enter caretaker gaffer Darren Moore. With just a handful of matches left in the PL campaign, the Baggies are all but doomed for the Championship next season. You’d think that the players would be resigned to their fate. Not this afternoon. #NotTodaySatan
(Sidenote I know this isn’t applicable to a lot of you reading this but seeing a dark-skinned Black Man lead an underdog side to an upset at a historic ground makes me beam with pride.)
A counter attack leading to a corner. A corner which sails to the backpost. Matic heads back to the middle of the box. Lukaku doesn’t pick up Rodriguez.
Scenes ensue at The Theatre.
At HT it was assumed that “Messi” Lingard (Shoutout to Glenn Lorance) would come on for Ander Herrera but the more shocking sub came when Paul Pogba was removed for Martial. Huh?
Say what you want about the talents of the oft-mercurial Alexis Sanchez but he was a downright ghost in the second half of play. From his lack of ingenuity to his unwillingness to put even a shot on goal during that 2nd 45, frame was appalling. Six figures/wk for what is essentially a diminutive faux-number ten isn’t exactly up to par for the United faithful.
Ahmed Hegazi. He’s your man of the match today. One of the few CBs in the PL who I haven’t seen ran over by the tank known as Romelu Lukaku. He was sturdy, not overly physical, and won just about every 50/50 header in the Baggies’ defensive third today. Remove his presence from the West Brom backline and surely you’d see a different result at Old Trafford today.
More than a few PL clubs could use a centre back with such prowess next season. The Baggies won’t make any sort of miracle ascendance out of the drop zone this season. That time has already passed. Sorry Alan Pardew. But surely a few clubs could benefit from a Ben Foster, (what a save on Lukaku’s 2nd half header by the way), Jay-Jay Rodriguez, (attn: Burnley FC), or a Hegazi.
This article was supposed to be about wishlists. Instead Romelu Lukaku forgot to pickup a free J-Rod and now we’re here. With Manchester City as your official 2017/18 Premier League champions. Bully for them. Troubling times ahead for United.
Now the Baggies have all the confidence in the world leading up to their showdown with a surely distracted LFC next weekend. Lunch time kick-off. The future awaits.
Do you believe in miracles? I sure do.
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