The performance of West Bromwich over the club’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham made them demonstrate the players’ qualities. Head coach Tony Pulis has always made his side prove that they’re capable of various styles of play, but unfortunately, players have not managed to find a balance.
West Brom showed solid play when it comes to the back four, while the rest of the players were organised defensively and were trying to make the game difficult for Tottenham. The team showed great play, as they were quick enough, and demonstrated high-class counter attack leaded by Salomon Rondon.
The truth is that the match against Tottenham was an excellent for the entire team. The level of quality West Bromwich demonstrated has been painfully lacking over the season. Still, it was one player who stood out with his performance, embodying everything head coach Pulis expected.
The midfielder James McClean was the player who really shone in West Bromwich game against Tottenham. He is often considered a controversial figure, but his qualities and overall performance cannot be questioned. The Irish had his best play in the clash against Tottenham, especially considering he was the one to net the ball for West Brom.
The work rate that McClean demonstrated was undoubtedly outstanding, as he both played in attack all over the pitch and was supporting Chris Brunt in defence. Still, he should be more committed into cleaner defence, considering the booking he got after challenging on Moussa Dembele.
When playing as a forward, McClean is fast and direct. He is often praised as a player who chases the ball tirelessly. Such style makes him a player who is undoubtedly a perfect fit for the team of West Brom. It is true that at the start of the season, the 26-year-old was not demonstrating qualitatively enough in order to match the standards of head coach Pulis. Fortunately for both the team and the player, this area of game was improved greatly for him.
The first goal of McClean for the English club came as a reward for his skills, qualities and overall efforts. He managed to outplay Hugo Lloris and attacked the gate of the Spurs. McClean would probably not become a very popular figure among the fans but in case he continues to provide such performance at the pitch, he would undoubtedly become one of the fans’ favourite players.
As already mentioned above, regardless of the fact that it was McClean who made his best performance with West Brom’s outfit so far, the entire team showed excellent form. Such quality of play undoubtedly offers head coach Pulis some hard choices to make when it comes to the squad selection for the club’s fixture with Liverpool. The match is scheduled for the next weekend.