Gary Lineker and Gareth Barry have labelled the decision to replace West Brom defender Dara O’Shea early as “humiliating” in the 2-2 draw over Fulham.
The Irish international was dragged off after 23 minutes at The Hawthorns, as Sam Allardyce decided to bring on Karlan Grant.
That change worked immediately in the second half, as along with a grilling from Big Sam, the Baggies were a different side.
Speaking during the interval on BBC’s live coverage, Lineker shared a short but damning verdict on Allardyce’s decision.
“It was humiliating,” he said.
Barry agreed with Lineker, claiming that it won’t have done O’Shea’s confidence any good looking forward in the Premier League.
“You don’t want to see a young player come off 23 minutes into a game.
“It’s no good for his confidence, but Sam thought it was what was needed because they were struggling at the time.”
O’Shea didn’t do much wrong, but he was a victim of Allardyce’s initial mistake.
The Baggies should never have set up with five-at-the-back against a fellow-promoted side who only play with one striker in Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Once the decision was made to change the system, O’Shea was always going to be the first choice to be replaced over Semi Ajayi and Kyle Bartley – the man who actually scored the initial equaliser.
O’Shea can’t let this dent his confidence.
The 21-year-old would never have believed he would have made 14 starts in the Premier League, and he will get plenty more opportunities this season to prove himself.
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