Age is just a number: Three things we learned from West Brom 4 Burnley 0
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from West Brom’s 4-0 victory against Burnley in their latest Premier League encounter at the Hawthorns on Monday evening.
Experience is key
Five of West Brom’s starting eleven were over the age of 30, but they proved that age is just a number with a fine display against Sean Dyche’s Burnley. Ben Foster (33) looked calm and assured between the sticks for the Baggies, while Gareth McAuley (36) has continued to churn out consistent performances in his 12 league and cup appearances this term. Darren Fletcher (32) and James Morrison (30) both got their names on the scoresheet, while Chris Brunt (31) continued to impress following his long lay off from injury.
Pulis has bought well
Two summer signings started for the Baggies during the 3-0 win, making up the left side of Tony Pulis’ left flank. Allan Nyom, a £7.5million signing from Watford in the summer, was both solid in defence and dangerous in attack despite playing out of position at left-back. His quickness in the tackle saw him win the ball back on a number of occasions before supplying goalscorer Matt Phillips. The Baggies’ new number 10 was a nuisance to the Burnley defence throughout the whole match, scoring an early goal with a superb close-range finish. Phillips then turned provider; supplying Fletcher for his goal with a sublime assist, subsequently continuing to prove his £5.5million transfer fee.
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Salomon Rondon is finally showing his worth
The former Zenit St. Petersburg striker was in immaculate form for the Baggies, as he combined both pace and strength to hold the ball up for his on-rushing teammates as well as geting his name on the scoresheet. A £12million signing from the Russian giants back in the summer of 2015, Rondon has been criticised for his lack of goals. But judging on his display during the 4-0 win, the 27-year-old is capable of bullying Premier League defences. He supplied a superb assist for Morrison, before adding one of his own with a superb turn and finish from eight yards out.
In other West Brom news, this summer target is expected to be on the shortlist of manager Pulis in January.