There were few positives on Tuesday evening as West Brom crashed out of the Carabao Cup against Championship Brentford.
The Baggies drew 2-2 in normal time at the Hawthorns, with Hal Robson-Kanu scoring both goals before being pegged back twice.
Slaven Bilic did hand debuts to recent new siginings, Branislav Ivanovic and Conor Gallagher, with both managing to impress.
Gallagher will be ineligible for Saturday’s clash against his parent club Chelsea, although Ivanovic could feature against his former side.
The Serbian completed an hour against Brentford after sealing his fee transfer from Zenit St Petersburg only a couple of weeks ago.
Bilic commented on his chances of starting against Frank Lampard’s side at the Hawthorns, and simply asked, “why not?”
“It was the plan for him to play 45 minutes minimum,” he told Birmingham Live. “Maybe 60. He felt good so it was 60.”
“We’re going to see about Saturday. It is Tuesday, this has been the best possible training for him. He came out of it clean, with no issues. We’ll see.
“We have a long time to prepare him and the squad for the Chelsea game. Why not?”
How did Ivanovic fare on his debut?
The 36-year-old won three of his four defensive duels, and also won 83% of his aerial duels according to WyScout as he dominated a dangerous Brentford attack.
Ivanovic also completed five interceptions and completed the game with a passing success of 81% on a successful debut for the veteran.
Compare that to fellow new signing and his partner Cedric Kipre, who was unlucky at times but did give away the penalty for the Bees’ second-equaliser.
Looking at the defensive fragilities against Everton, Ivanovic could the perfect addition to the defence for the Chelsea clash.
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