Former West Brom striker Nigel Quashie has admitted that Slaven Bilic is handling the striker situation at the club rather well between Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu.
Speaking to Football League World, the ex-Premier League attacker confessed that the West Brom manager was dealing with having two top attackers in the squad perfectly by regularly rotating the duo in-and-out of the XI depending on who is performing well.
Austin was on the scoresheet last night for the Baggies in their disappointing 1-1 draw against Wigan Athletic making it four games in a row that the former Southampton striker has scored in as stats from Transfermarkt show, whilst Robson-Kanu has been in great form for the Albion in recent weeks too, with stats from Transfermarkt showing that the West Brom no. 4 has scored five in his last eight appearances.
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And for Quashie, who only ever managed single goal for West Brom in his single season with the club, he believes that Bilic is doing well playing the sole striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation who is more in-form.
The former Premier League striker said: “You have to play players on form I’m a firm believer and I’m not saying Charlie Austin isn’t on form, it’s just Robson-Kanu has come into his own at the moment, but there’s plenty of games for Charlie to be involved in and plenty of games for him to pass on his knowledge and experience, and he’ll be getting goals along the way as it goes along too.”
With one of the best goal differences in the Championship table as well as sitting 11 points above the play-off spots, it is seemingly right to claim that Bilic’s smart use of Austin and Robson-Kanu has been a reason as to why West Brom find themselves in the position they do now, and without the two strikers, the Baggies wouldn’t be in the promotion spots that they sit in currently.