West Bromwich Albion went into Saturday’s Championship clash with Millwall at The Hawthorns looking to extend new head coach Slaven Bilic’s 100% record to two matches and really give us some momentum in the early stages of the 2019/20 campaign.
With none of our deadline day signings making the starting XI for the game, it gained a pretty strange reaction on social media amongst the fans, and whilst plenty sensibly thought it was good management to let them settle in first with a bit more training under their belts, there was certainly plenty of disappointment at not seeing any of the newbies feature on the substitutes bench as a minimum.
Ultimately, fans can really only argue that Charlie Austin as a substitute option may have swung the game our way.
Good management. Give the new guys chance to settle with n.
— John May (@JohnWMay) August 10, 2019
???????????????????? the fans crumble because no new signings
— hughes (@hughes_mt) August 10, 2019
You’ve got 44+ games at least mate. No point rushing them in and unsettling a winning side.
— Jacob Tucker (@DevonBaggies) August 10, 2019
Been here one day ???????? wait till the cup match
— Cameron (@Cameron85990253) August 10, 2019
Happy with the line up, new guys haven't trained long enough, we'll see them tuesday!!
— JonW1995 (@JonW1995) August 10, 2019
Why people moaning they only signed Thursday so in away 1 day here they need to know system we play etc boing ! boing !
— Raymond (@barney_raymond) August 10, 2019
I think it was the right decision, the chances of any one of them having a telling impact on the match given they won’t yet 100% know the rest of the team, or our preferred tactics, was unlikely and given we opened the season with victory, the old adage is you don’t change a winning team unless you have to.
Our newbies need to earn their place first, not expect to have one.