The 3-3 draw against Arsenal threw up several questions in regards to what team we will send out against West Brom.
A lot will depend on whether Gareth Bale is fit after being substituted against Arsenal. If Bale plays then Aaron Lennon may have to start on the bench. That would be unfortunate after the impact he made he made in the second half, but it’s hard to see where we could accommodate him.
Switching back to 4-5-1 would be dangerous after scoring six goals in two games with 4-4-2, while Van der Vaart is undroppable after his performance on Wednesday. The only way you could squeeze Lennon into the midfield would be to possibly switch Bale to left back, but you can’t leave Assou-Ekotto out after he played so brilliantly against Arsenal.
Pav didn’t have the best game, so Harry could be tempted to bring back Defoe, but I’d stick with the Russian alongside Crouch. At the moment they look like our most effective front pairing.
The other question is whether to keep Corluka at right back or take a gamble on Kaboul. When Van der Vaart plays on the right then Corluka’s lack of attacking ability is exposed somewhat, so drafting in Kaboul might make sense.
Here’s our team to play West Brom. What’s yours?