Terry Wills wonders if he has divided loyalties.
Following England’s surprising, but nevertheless acceptable, win against Spain, the really important matters are back on the agenda – meaning in the Baggies case striving to pick up points from two home games, starting with strugglers Bolton Wanderers, aided by Paul Robinson, at the Hawthorns.
Let’s not mince words. This is a game from which we badly need three points, but the problem is which Baggies team will turn out? The one that saw off Wolves and Villa, or that unsurprisingly went down to Liverpool and Arsenal? Supporters recognise all too well that there is a world of difference between the last four opponents but even so, unless the form is subsequently turned on its head we really will be tottering too close to the bottom three for comfort.
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Roy Hodgson’s problem is plain for all to see. Who does he choose to score the goals which have dried up since Shane Long’s injury and Peter Odemwingie’s loss of form – when he’s fit, of course? Will it be Roman Bednar? Highly unlikely. Somen Tchoyi? A fair choice. Or most likely Simon Cox, who could be considered unfortunate not to have featured in more games.
In midfield Chris Brunt has hardly pulled up any trees. Youssouf Mulumbu seems to have fallen out of favour with Roy Hodgson and I feel tGraham Dorrans needs a chance to show that his ability is well worth a place in the starting line-up. Or is it?
To put it mildly there will be 20,000 plus Baggies fans entering the Hawthorns hopeful of seeing a return to winning ways and not wanting to watch the side that tamely gave up the ghost in recent matches.
Which team will it be? Your guess is as good as mine – and probably that of the Head Coach.
Come on you Baggies.