Aleksandar Mitrovic has been struggling with an ankle injury and he was doubtful for the Everton game.
The 21 year-old remains doubtful foe the game today at West Brom and it seems if the Serbian cannot make the game it could even be a first start in the Premier League for 19 year-old new boy Ivan Toney up front.
22 year-old Ayoze Perez could also start up front on his own with Siem de Jong just behind him in a 4-4-1-1 formation, but there´s not much physical power in that combination and Ivan could add some muscle up front.
Ivan Toney – could start today
But he´s also a big risk in such an important a game today with West Brom – who are only 3 points ahead of us in the league table.
It may be dangerous to ask Mitro to play two games in less than 48 hours on an injured ankle – and that´s just asking for trouble.
We have enough long term injuries already this season.
Steve McClaren was asked about Mitro´s injury yesterday:
“He had an ankle injury and struggled to make the game but made it and he was our focal point.”
“I still think he was causing them problems with his physicality and we wanted to put Florian Thauvin on and get crosses into the box as we did last week and it nearly worked.”
“He had the opportunity and in future games hopefully he takes them.”
“We have a few walking wounded, so we will have to see who can play at West Brom, but I can’t ask any more of them.”
Maybe McClaren will start Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez up front and then he has Florian Thauvin and/or Ivan Toney to come in during the second half.
Thauvin in action against Aston Villa
Florian also looks like he may be coming into some form during his cameo appearances over the last few games and in the game against Villa he put over two beautiful left wing crosses in that second half.
The Frenchman should see some playing time this afternoon.