West Brom under-23s travelled to West Yorkshire on Monday afternoon to take on Leeds United in the Premier League 2.
Deon Burton named one of his strongest sides from the players available to him, but looking at the Leeds side, it could have been much better.
The Whites named the likes of Kiko Casilla, Rodrigo and Ian Poveda in their side, with even more first-team names on the bench.
This begs the question, why didn’t the Baggies do the same?
Slaven Bilic has a number of players in his squad that are struggling for minutes in the Premier League and could have done with a run-out.
Rekeem Harper, Kyle Edwards, Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu are all examples of players who could have been used.
The first three are either only on the bench or not even in the squad in the Premier League so just have training to get up their match-fitness.
Robson-Kanu has only just returned from his broken arm, and 45 minutes against Leeds today could have been perfect for his conditioning.
Robson-Kanu came on for 34 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday, but only managed two successful actions according to WyScout.
We can’t help but feel like his match sharpness was nowhere near what it should be, so why wasn’t he given some minutes at Thorp Arch today?
With a crucial match against Sheffield United coming up this weekend, he could be needed off the bench and he may not be able to afford to succeed with only 11% of his total actions again.
Bilic missed out on a big opportunity on Monday, and we hope it doesn’t come back to haunt the Baggies.
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