'Let's Be Honest' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as Allardyce plots unexpected West Brom signing
Noel Whelan has predicted West Brom will be relegated from the Premier League and James Tomkins won’t be enough to save Sam Allardyce’s new side.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has suggested that the task at the Hawthorns is “too much” for the 66-year-old despite his “fantastic” track record.
As revealed by Football Insider on Thursday, Allardyce has set sights on making 31-year-old Tomkins his first signing at the Hawthorns after working with the defender at both Crystal Palace and West Ham.
However, despite admitting that the Baggies need some proven top-flight quality in January, Whelan is not convinced the Palace defender is enough to turn West Brom’s fortunes around.
Whelan told Football Insider: “I think you can’t take away experience from a team, it’s so important, especially when you’re down on the bottom, you need players that know the league.
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“You need players that are leaders out there, you need players that going to give you that little bit of an extra edge and knowing the Premier League and experience in a certain department like centre-half is a must.
“Let’s be honest, is he going to be enough? Is he going to be enough to keep them in the Premier League? I really don’t think so.
“I really don’t think Sam Allardyce is going to keep them in the Premier League, even though he’s got a fantastic track record, this is one job that is too much for him.”
While he has not played a single minute in the Premier League this season, Tomkins has featured 152 times for Allardyce, more than under any other manager.
The former Newcastle and Bolton boss has taken charge with West Brom sitting 19th in the table, three points off safety.