By Kevin Campbell

6th Oct, 2021 | 8:00am

Campbell 'loves' what he has just heard from West Brom manager Ismael

Kevin Campbell has applauded Valerien Ismael after the West Brom manager delivered a very honest assessment of his players on Friday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Albion and Arsenal striker said he “loves” how the 46-year-old pulled no punches after his side’s defeat at Stoke City.

A goal from Potters striker Sam Surridge was enough to condemn the Baggies to their first lost of the season on Friday night.

As quoted by the Shropshire Star, Ismael admitted his players’ “performance was not good enough”.

The loss leaves West Brom second in the table heading into the international break.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs for his assessment of Ismael’s post-match comments, Campbell said: “I love that.

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“I think honesty is the key. The squad and the fans want to hear it how it is.

“Every player goes out there to perform but at the end of the day, sometimes that isn’t enough. I like how Ismael is honest enough to say that.

“His players need to liven up in the next game. He’s challenged them.

“The Championship is the hardest league in Europe. Every team will lose games. The key is how you respond to the losses.

“Stoke City are a team that are going to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. When it is at their place they are going to be bang up for it. The crowd were amazing on the night.

“West Brom need to just chalk it off and move on. Winning the next game is the key.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has predicted a player revolt at West Brom amid a £750million reveal.