West Brom have several reasons to be pleased after beating Wolves 3-2 but the performance of Dara O’Shea should be a cause of concern.
Sam Allardyce made the interesting decision to start the 21-year-old at right-back, where he came up against Pedro Neto.
The Portuguese winger gave the defender a torrid time, with O’Shea being dribbled past on four occasions.
It was a game to forget on the ball for the Republic of Ireland international also, as according to SofaScore he lost possession 24 times.
That is far too high for a side desperate for points, and it was in fact the worse return of any Albion player at Molineux.
As a result, it is little surprise he picked up a rating of just 6.2 as he also failed to block a single shot, though he did make two tackles.
Perhaps more worryingly is the fact Big Sam started the youngster, as it indicates he has a lack of trust in regular right-back Darnell Furlong.
If that is the case the board must back the manager with more signings, and address his priority by bringing in a defender.
O’Shea does not deserve to be played out of position as he clearly isn’t up to the task, while Furlong could easily be upgraded as he has an average WhoScored rating of 6.6 this term.
Big Sam hasn’t taken long to prove his transfer nous, with new signing Robert Snodgrass hitting the ground running against Wolves, so he should be entrusted to make more additions.
John Terry suggested the Scot was a “massive signing” following Saturday’s match, and if we add another player to the right-flank we may take a big step towards safety in the process.
In other West Brom news, an update has emerged suggesting the club has opened talks with a transfer target.