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West Brom may have uncovered a vital piece of the puzzle as they seek to achieve the unthinkable and avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The Baggies are still 11 points from safety, but performances have been much more encouraging in recent weeks, so much so that they now appear to be a team capable of competing at the top flight.
But it’s too late?
It is no coincidence that his form has been transformed thanks to the arrival on loan of Okay Yokuslu from Celta de Vigo, as he has adapted perfectly and has had an instant impact.
If only he had been there since the beginning of the season …
That’s better than top scorer Matheus Pereira (6.74) and debatable player of the year, Sam Johnstone (6.58).
Albion has leaked 12 more goals (55) than any other Premier League team after 25 games played, although in his two starts with the Midlands side, he has only conceded once, in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United. , contender for the title.
Before their participation, West Brom had allowed at least two goals in nine successive matches in all competitions, thus only reinforcing their immediate influence tenfold.
Yokuslu’s work pace and his positioning off the ball as a presenter in front of the leaky baseline has been much needed. In those two games, he’s had a total of four interceptions and five punts, through Who scored, sweeping away much of the work that people like Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers were struggling to do.
This would be enough to see him top the interception charts with the Baggies’ two left-back options averaging. 1.6 per game.
Club captain Kyle Bartley has also noticed its impact, he told the official website:
“He seems to have adapted very quickly, which is always important for a player from a new club. You can see that he is a really good player ”, before adding:“ He is tenacious. He’s good with the ball. He is calm and collected. I think it has made a big difference there. “
The 26-year-old monster has added a new dimension to Sam Allardyce’s midfield, the kind of role that has been absent since the days of Claudio Yacob, who was a key cog on the Hawthorns team that finished eighth with Steve Clarke in 2012. / 13 – yes, so long.
In 176 league games in English football, the industrious Argentine averaged 3.1 tackles, two punts and 1.9 interceptions per game, through Who scored -Everything similar returns to Yokuslu’s, in a short time.
Allardyce may have unearthed the next Yacob from Albion and regardless of which division they will compete in next season, the club needs to tie him permanently – something his parent club hopes will happen, according to WHAT.
And in other news, the £ 17.5kp / w ‘real competitor’ deserves a new contract with West Brom