Baggies defender Darnell Furlong has hit back at critics of West Brom’s start to the season, following two losses from their opening two games.

The 24-year-old right back has started in both of the Baggies’ league games this season, in a defence that has conceded eight goals across those two matches.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Furlong said that people writing West Brom off as already relegated will only serve as ‘motivation’ for him and his teammates, as they look to consolidate in the top-flight.

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Furlong said, “I suppose that could act as a motivation, but in all honesty, we don’t really care if people are saying we are going to get relegated.

“Whether people were saying it at the start of the season or whether they are saying it now, we’re not too bothered.

“A lot of people have spoken about us as being a bit of a yo-yo club, but I don’t think we really are. Any team that gets up to the Premier League is looking to establish themselves, obviously, but I already see West Brom as a Premier League club.

“It’s just about staying in the league. If we can do that, we will prove a lot of people wrong.”

There have been some positives to take from West Brom’s opening league games. Chiefly the fantastic goals scored by Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira in the 5-2 loss at Goodison Park.

West Brom were also well in the game against Leicester until the Foxes took the lead in the 56th minute. But the Baggies never looked like getting back into the game following Leicester’s opener, slumping to an eventual 3-0 home loss.

What West Brom could do with is a confidence-boosting win against a team who will also be fighting a relegation battle. Unfortunately for the Baggies they welcome summer big spenders Chelsea to the Hawthorns in their next outing.

The Baggies then travel to St Mary’s in what will be a tricky away game against Southampton, though the Saints are also yet to pick up points this season.

Perhaps this game will be the chance for West Brom to get their season up and running.

Slaven Bilic will be allowed on the touchline for this weekend’s game, after avoiding a ban following his FA charge of improper conduct, relating to his sending off against Everton.

In other West Brom news, ‘Very close’ – Athletic journalist claims West Brom homing in on major summer signing.

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  1. Perhaps that is part of the problem , if they do not care what us fans think . Over the years we have seen some relegations & promotions that why we are the Boing Boings . It might in a way be funny but to me personally it is not . Some fans live n breath football , i used to be the same .It is even harder for them when players say they do not care what they are saying . These same players have a very different lifestyle than their fans ,some of these same fans have to work . A lot of them will never have their own home . Every fan cares , when the next home game comes most will still come not matter what the score in the last game was
    I think players aught to think before coming out with insensitive remarks . I am one who thinks we have a good chance of relegation i have made my predictions . Do i want us to go down well i might be a lot of things but stupid is not one of them
    Here’s my take we got promoted with these players some are not Premiership quality as most clubs they have to build on that , we have a chairman in name only he bought the club as an icon for his business interests not for what goes on on the pitch . He does not want to invest in new players , ok we have bought the same players we loaned last season . Now we are bristling in midfield it can compete with a lot of clubs
    But we lack fire power & in my opinion we lack a solid defence , it does not leak goals there are big holes in the nets
    With a lack of investment into the club there can be only one outcome . So will we see a better performance against Chelsea ? We can all hope & dream Again my prediction Baggies 1 Chelsea 4 . I would love to that score be reversed

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    Your view. My view is completely irrelevant.

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