Let’s face it, West Brom are on a terrible run of form. We’ve lost four league games in a row and failed to score in our last five, in what is our worst goalscoring run in 139 years!
A couple of weeks ago, Albion Head Coach Tony Pulis suggested that, towards the end of the season, West Brom’s youngsters would get their chance in the first team. Well, it’s the end of the season now. In fact, it was effectively the end of our season in late February, when we hit 40 points.
So why is Pulis refusing to rotate? Yes, I know our squad isn’t the biggest and yes, football is all about results, but we aren’t getting results with our first team, so why not chuck a few kids in and give the fans something to cheer?
There were three of our most promising youngsters on the bench against Leicester, Rekeem Harper, Sam Field and Jonathan Leko, with only Leko getting a 10 minute run out towards the end of the game.
Why not just give them a go? We’ve also got the promising full-back Kane Wilson waiting in the wings, I’ve seen all four youngsters play for the U23 side and their respective England age groups, and they certainly would be able to hold their own if called upon.
Forget the danger of our season fizzling out, it already has. There was a lot of discussion about Pulis’ record once he’s hit 40 points with his previous sides, and history has again proved correct. With 24 points available since our win against Bournemouth, the team has picked up a measly four.
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But has the chance gone to play our youngsters? We’ve had some home games recently where he could have easily started a few, against the likes of Leicester, Crystal Palace or Southampton. But we now have two really difficult games, against Burnley away and Chelsea at home. Will Pulis really start some young players in such difficult fixtures? I doubt it.
Let’s hope the kids get a go, because the first team looks like they’re already on the beach. (Evans, Foster and Livermore apart)