‘You can get found out’ – Kevin Campbell states if Big Sam can save West Brom from relegation
Former West Brom striker Kevin Campbell has told talkSPORT that new manager Sam Allardyce can keep the club in the Premier League if they keep it simple.
After sacking Slaven Bilić last week, West Brom moved swiftly to appoint the experienced Allardyce and handed him a straightforward brief – to ensure Premier League safety this season.
A 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday meant that there was no perfect start for the former England manager, but Campbell believes he can have a positive impact.
He did, however, warn fans not to expect free-flowing football this season, as the Baggies battle to escape the relegation places.
Speaking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Monday, 8am), Campbell said: “I think it’s a tough ask but if anyone can Sam Allardyce can. He’s got the resumé to do it.
“Darren Moore got sacked because the fans wanted the team to play nicer football. But when you’re in the Premier League you can get found out.
“The main thing is to maintain their Premier League status. Yo-yoing is no good.
“If they can stay in the Premier League they can look at playing better football but it’s going to be a tough ask.”
West Brom have only won one Premier League game this season, against rock-bottom Sheffield United.
They face a tough assignment in their next fixture as they travel to current leaders Liverpool, who come into the game in fine form after the 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.
To avoid a similar scoreline Allardyce will need to fix his leaky defence, as West Brom currently possess the second-worst defence in the league (29 conceded), behind only Leeds United (30).
Allardyce might take solace in the scoreline at Old Trafford on Sunday, where another newly promoted side in Leeds United took a hammering of their own after losing 6-2 to Manchester United.
Elite teams with bigger budgets are always likely to pose a significant threat to West Brom, but it is the manner of the defeat to Aston Villa and the worrying statistics behind it that will concern the new manager.
With an xG of just 0.04, the inability to create clear-cut chances is something that will have already worried Allardyce.
However, he will now have more time to work on the training ground with his team as he shapes to turn around their fortunes.
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