By Pranav Shahaney

12th Sep, 2021 | 8:40am

Semi Ajayi slammed for hapless display vs Millwall

West Brom defender Semi Ajayi had an afternoon to forget as he put in an underwhelming performance against Millwall on Saturday.

Starting as one of three central defenders, the 27-year-old was undoubtedly the weakest link in Valerien Ismael’s side and Birmingham Live’s Joe Chapman was brutal in his assessment of the player.

In his post-game ratings piece, he gave the defender a 5/10 and suggested that Sam Johnstone was the one to spare him from further blushes in the game.

He wrote, “A game which Ajayi needs to put behind him. Comfortable enough facing forwards, but whenever he was looking at his own goal he lost his composure.

“Required Johnstone to get him out of trouble when his passes and headers back towards his own goal were undercooked, none more so than when Wallace and Ojo nipped in but were denied.”

Plenty of improvement needed

Ajayi looked like he had an error waiting to happen in the game. He never seemed composed and appeared to be overwhelmed by the situation.

Usually a calm and composed figure both on and off the ball, the 27-year-old looked like he was a completely different player on the day.

He had plenty of lapses in communication with Johnstone and the players around him and Ismael would have every reason to be annoyed by his performance.

According to Sofascore, he completed fewer places than he misplaced, registering a woeful pass accuracy of only 44 percent.

15 of his 27 attempted passes failed to find its intended target and he also lost five aerial duels – which is not a very good number for a centre-back.

It might be too premature to call for him to be dropped from the first team, but there needs to be a remarkable improvement in the next game or Ismael may start plotting to bring in someone else.

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