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.
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.”
Darnell Furlong tells Sky Sports about following his father's footsteps in the Premier League and proving West Brom's doubters wrong.
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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.
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