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MetiNews.Com - West Brom v Everton - Albion welcome the Toffees to The Hawthorns on Thursday night and Sam Allardyce has a few selection calls to make
Breaking News ! There is a very obvious selection dilemma that lies before Sam Allardyce in the build up to West Brom’s welcoming of Everton to The Hawthorns this week. For pretty much the entirety of his short tenure, the defence has been the area of concern for Allardyce; quite frankly the quantity of goals shipped has been alarming, but in recent weeks Albion have turned a corner - even if their goal lived a rather charmed life in the victory over Brighton at the weekend. Dara O’Shea was restored to his favoured role against the Seagulls in the absence of Semi Ajayi, but the Nigerian is now available again after his one-match suspension. In the space of a few weeks, Allardyce’s quandary regarding his defence has changed markedly; what was once a question of how it might be shored up is now ‘which combination is most deserving of the nod?’. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Still, Allardyce was left impressed by O'Shea's display. “We got a clean sheet and Dara performed very well,” Allardyce reasoned. “Dara has been unlucky to be left out the side anyway. He did a job for us filling in in a few different positions and then found himself left out the team which is very disappointing. “He wouldn’t have looked at me as the kindest because it was me who shifted him about and then left him out. He must have thought if he had stayed where he was he would have kept his place in the side, but he is a good, honest lad and tries to help the team out. “Semi and Barts were playing okay.
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“We have shown more consistency with our defending in those three games than we have in my entire time here. We have been shocking sometimes so at least we are getting better in that department.” There were no new defensive recruits in the January window, but Allardyce believes that the collective rise in performance levels can be attributed to the new additions who have made a big impact on the pitch and in the dressing room. Make sure you don't miss a thing - click here to sign up to our Albion newsletter “I give credit to the four players that have invigorated the team,” he added. “Robert, Mbaye, Okay and Ainsley. The rest of the players have seen their quality, their energy and their ability and they have all had a lift from that. “They have lifted their games. We have been practising on the training ground. We have had more time and I think everyone can see the benefit of that. Hopefully we can improve even more."
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