Steve Madeley has claimed it would not be surprising to see West Brom midfielder Rekeem Harper retain his place against Hull City. 

The Athletic journalist admitted that it would also see captain, Jake Livermore being on the bench against his former side at the Hawthorns.

Slaven Bilic described Harper as his side’s best performer off the ball in the 3-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday, and he was clearly delighted with the impact he made.

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Madeley believes that a similar move before the lockdown would have been classed as ridiculous by outsiders.

“Imagine, in the weeks before lockdown, contemplating a West Bromwich Albion starting line-up without Jake Livermore in it,” he wrote for the Athletic.

“Yet suddenly, after just one 45-minute show of swagger and style, the idea of the West Brom captain missing out against his previous club Hull City tomorrow does not seem so ridiculous.

“So when the teamsheet is published on Sunday, it would not be entirely surprising to see Rekeem Harper, who Bilic described as Albion’s best player out of possession against Wednesday, retaining his place ahead of Livermore, who was rested from the night’s starting line-up.”

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Madeley is certainly right. Harper was superb at Hillsborough and it would be harsh on the youngster if he was dropped against Hull.

The 20-year-old was effective and filled the shoes of Livermore perfectly – completing 95% of his passes according to WhoScored.

Harper made a single tackle, but what was most impressive was that he was never caught in possession when the pressure was certainly on.

In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips has predicted the scoreline between the Albion and Hull on Sunday

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