Alan Hutton has insisted Sam Allardyce is facing a “massive job” after watching West Brom lose 3-0 to Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Villa-mad pundit, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted the Baggies need to make sure they get signings through the door early in January if they have any chance of turning their season around.
The new West Brom boss watched Jake Livermore pick up a straight red card as an Anwar El Ghazi double helped Dean Smith’s men seal bragging rights over their Midlands rivals.
The defeat has left West Brom sat 19th in the table, five points off basement club Sheffield United but three points behind Fulham in 18th.
The Baggies have conceded the second-most goals in the Premier League this season, while only Burnley and Sheffield United have scored more.
Hutton has admitted he actually feels bad for the former Everton and Newcastle boss and that he has to make the most of the January transfer window to have any chance of survival.
“I think it’s a massive job. I mean, we’re talking about a team that’s it’s them and Leeds that have conceded the most in the league,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“They’re goal-shy as well so there’s a huge problem. I mean, I did kind of feel for Sam Allardyce because he only had a couple of days to work with them.
“We all know the way he’s going to play, he’s going to play in the attacking half, get the ball up to the strikers, that sort of thing so he’s not had time to implement what he wants to do but it’s a huge job.
“I think he needs reinforcements in January and quick because if he doesn’t, they’ll be cut off at the bottom of the league and it will be too late.”