Sam Allardyce has hinted Robert Snodgrass could struggle to return to the West Brom starting line-up after the strong performance away at Burnley on Saturday.
Albion drew 0-0 at Turf Moor but were by far the better team despite playing most of the match with 10 men after Semi Ajayi’s first-half sending off.
Snodgrass, 33, has been ever-present for the Baggies after signing from West Ham in January but missed out at Burnley on Saturday due to a leg injury.
The Scottish winger is likely to be available to play against Brighton at The Hawthorns on Saturday but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a spot back in the starting line-up.
As quoted by the Birmingham Mail, Allardyce said: “He’s got a chance for next week but his challenge will be can he get in the team after that performance?”
Same again v Brighton?
If Big Sam was happy with the performance against Burnley then will he make any changes to play against Brighton this weekend?
Of course, he’ll be forced into leaving out Ajayi due to his suspension after his deliberate handball denied Burnley of a clear goalscoring opportunity at Turf Moor.
But everyone else might be left untouched.
Unfortunately for a lot of West Brom fans, the much-maligned Matt Phillips might be handed a starting spot once again, if that’s the case.
However, Grady Diangana was back on the bench at Turf Moor can could be in contention to start after a recent spell on the sidelines with an injury so Big Sam could opt to hand the ex-West Ham winger a start.
Either way, Allardyce has some tough decisions to make this week because West Brom really should have won against Burnley.
Mbaye Diagne and Matheus Pereira both should have scored in Lancashire and we should be talking about how we won all three points.
If we had, it would be a no-brainer to leave Snodgrass out as you don’t change a winning team but the failure to win leaves questions marks.
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