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Unsung Hero: West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi flies under the radar in win over Stoke City

Unsung Hero: West Bromwich Albion’s Semi Ajayi flies under the radar in win over Stoke City

West Bromwich Albion beat Stole City 2-0 as they climbed back up to the summit of the Championship with one defender easing his way through the match for the Baggies.

Matt Phillips continued his brilliant goalscoring form for the Midlands side when he opened the scoring in just the eighth minute after a brilliant one-two between Grady Diangana and Jake Livermore (via BBC).

Hal Robson-Kanu made it two midway through the second-half when he struck home a penalty following a foul by Stoke’s Cameron Carter-Vickers on Diangana.

The on-loan West Ham United man was at the heart of everything, attacking-wise, for Slaven Bilic’s side. As well as his two assists, Diangana was the most fouled player among Bilic’s men as he terrorised the Stoke defence (via WhoScored).

Phillips continues to impress for the leaders as he notched up his sixth goal of the season, one more league goal than he managed in the whole of the 2018/2019 season.

However, it was the ease at which Semi Ajayi defends, which meant the Potters weren’t given a sniff in attack. The 25-year-old completed the second-most tackles (1), second-most interceptions (1) and made the most clearances (7).

Ajayi has a real presence which was quite noticeable in last night’s game with the £1.5m man winning a mind-boggling 8 aerial duels, second-highest among the West Brom players.

The Birmingham Mail agreed with this assessment of Ajayi’s performance as they gave him a 6.5 out of 10, commenting on the ease of his performance.

They said: “In cruise control for much it, a bit like his team. Put under next-to-no pressure by Stoke’s forward line.” (Source: Birmingham Mail)

West Brom fans, what did you think of Ajayi’s performance? Let us know your thoughts!

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