Rio Ferdinand has hailed Sam Allardyce’s appointment as West Brom boss and claimed that there is no one better suited to help the Baggies fight relegation.
Allardyce has had a mixed start to life at The Hawthorns, after losing his first game 3-0 to Aston Villa his new side picked up a valuable point against Liverpool.
Speaking after Albion secured an impressive 1-1 draw at Anfield, Ferdinand spoke to his YouTube channel about Allardyce’s ability to help out clubs in trouble.
He said, “Welcome back big bad Sam. Wow, this guy does it. He’s been called upon numerous times before to come and put out fires for football clubs and get them out of relegation trouble and this guy just knows how to do it.
“He’s the man to get clubs out of trouble. West Brom have rung the bell and said ‘Big Sam, fireman Sam, come in and help us out.
‘Like it or don’t like it, the way he plays football, the man gets results. These boys at West Brom want to stay in the Premier League and there ain’t anyone better at the moment.”
It is too early to tell if Allardyce’s appointment was the right move by the Baggies board but there have been some positive signs.
The draw at Anfield was a result that nobody saw coming and as well as securing a vital point, the confidence that will come from that performance could prove to be even more vital.
Perhaps the Villa game came too soon for Allardyce to have any real impact on the squad as Albion were easily brushed aside by their local rivals.
Defensively, the Baggies were much better against Liverpool and this is a key area where vast improvement is needed.
With the January window just around the corner, Albion should only get stronger in the coming weeks as Allardyce attempts to perform his magic trick once again.
In other West Brom news, one former Premier League striker has given Allardyce a ‘come and get me’ plea.