New West Brom signing Erik Pieters is ‘in contention’ to make his first start for the club against Norwich City, according to reliable journalist Joe Chapman.
The Lowdown: Huge game for Bruce
The Baggies suffered arguably their worst result of the season so far on Wednesday evening, losing 3-2 at home to struggling Birmingham City.
It has heaped further pressure on manager Steve Bruce, who will know that results have to drastically improve if he is to keep his job.
On Saturday afternoon, West Brom heading to high-flying Norwich for a tough Championship fixture – a game that could see Pieters make his Baggies full debut following his arrival on a free transfer.
The Latest: Pieters could make first start
According to The Birmingham Mail‘s Chapman, Pieters could start at Carrow Road after yet another injury issue, this time for Kyle Bartley:
“Pieters, 34, is in contention to make his first start for Albion on Saturday when they make the trip east to Norwich City with question marks over the inclusions of Bartley and Townsend after their respective Blues showings.”
The Verdict: Massive game
This could certainly be a baptism of fire for Pieters, who would come up against a Norwich side sitting second in the Championship and looking set for another promotion charge.
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A huge performance is required by West Brom and their new signing will need to be up to speed if he starts, or the match could easily get away from him and his teammates. He was described as ‘outstanding’ by former Stoke City manager Paul Lambert in the past, which bodes well, but one has to wonder if he has the sharpness or form to live up to that billing.
A defeat may prove to be the end for Bruce, although the manner of it could ultimately be key, with a heavy loss potentially too concerning for the owners to ignore.
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