West Brom manager Slaven Bilic said that his side are still growing accustomed to being back in the Premier League.
The Baggies lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, with controversial refereeing decisions overshadowing the game.
After the match, Bilic admitted that his side still need to grow in confidence and believe that they belong at the very highest level.
“Make no mistake, some of these players and also as a team, we’re still entering some games with a little bit of ‘do we deserve to be here?’,” he said (via Express and Star).
“We have to find the confidence in the game. If we start good, then we continue good. But we are good, we are a good side. If we continue like this and sacrifice like this, if we continue to train like this and play like this, the wins will come. We’ll have chances in every game because we’re going to be hard to beat. That’s us now.”
One of Bilic’s great strengths is his honesty and ability to be upfront with the media without sugar-coating his message. However, these quotes make for slightly worrying reading, especially given that we are now nine matches into the Premier League season.
While players like Conor Townsend, Darnell Furlong, Conor Gallagher and Matheus Pereira are new to the Premier League, Jake Livermore and Branislav Ivanovic have plenty of experience playing in the division and need to help the younger player acclimatise to their surroundings.
No doubt, staying in the league will be a tough ask, especially given the lack of investment over the summer, but West Brom have shown enough in patches to suggest they can get results. However, they are yet to string a full performance together and must find a way to improve at both ends of the pitch.
After a difficult run of fixtures they face Sheffield United next weekend in an absolute must-win game at the bottom of the table.
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