By Noel Whelan

2nd Jan, 2021 | 9:38am

'They Hate It Under Allardyce' - Exclusive: Top pundit drops West Brom players verdict

Noel Whelan has claimed the West Brom players are “hating” life under Sam Allardyce after losing to Leeds United earlier this week.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has suggested the Baggies’ squad are being stifled by the new manager’s defensive-minded tactics and that there is a lack of balance from the 66-year-old.

West Brom, who drew 1-1 against Manchester City in Slaven Bilic’s final game in charge, have lost 3-0 to Aston Villa, drawn 1-1 with Liverpool and were thrashed 5-0 by Leeds since Allardyce’s appointment.

Defeat to the Whites means the Baggies sit second-bottom in the Premier League table after just one win, five draws and 10 losses.

Whelan, who watched Marcelo Bielsa’s men run riot in person at the Hawthorns, has suggested the West Brom squad wants to play a more expansive style of football and that Allardyce is not giving them the freedom they need.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I just don’t think that they like that style, looking at them out there, I think they’re hating what they’re doing under Sam Allardyce, I don’t think that’s what they want at all.

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“You’ve got that much attacking flare in that side and players that want to go forward and attack and half of them who are attackers are defending for the majority of the game. Now I get you’ve got to do that, but you’ve also got to have that balance of where you’re doing the attacking.

“You’ve got to pen other teams in their half – they’re not even giving themselves a chance because they’re allowing things to come to the halfway line.

“I understand the low block, I get it, but at some point, you know you’ve got to let leash these attacking players that you’ve got

“You’ve got to go out there and try win a game of football, not just by counter-attacking four or five times in the game.” 

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