Albion boss Steve Clarke today gave midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu the green light to carry on tackling against Arsenal on Sunday despite a potential suspension.
The Baggies head coach will not tell Mulumbu to ease off despite three yellow cards in the opening seven games of the season leaving him just two bookings away from a ban.
Mulumbu was booked in the opening two games of the campaign and picked up a third caution in last weekend’s 2-1 victory at Manchester United.
But Clarke said: “I don’t count yellow cards. I tell the players not to get stupid yellow cards. But if they get yellow cards during the course of a game it is part and parcel of football.
“In modern football certain players are going to pick up loads of yellow cards.
“There is a player at Liverpool (Lucas Leiva) who I love, but who is already suspended because he’s got five yellows. You can’t take that competitive nature or the tendency to pick up yellow cards away from these players because that’s part of their game.
“As long as they don’t pick up double yellow cards that put your team down to 10 men, you have to accept it as part of the game.”
Meanwhile, Clarke today hailed the early contribution of deadline-day signing Victor Anichebe, who is hoping to shake off a minor groin injury to figure against the Gunners. The former Everton man has impressed in his two starts – the 1-1 draw at Fulham and the win at Old Trafford.
Clarke said: “Victor has brought the qualities that we want him to bring.
“He is different from other types of centre forward that we’ve got but his qualities will be useful to us over the season. We saw his strength and his power and the way he can dominate centre-halves, which brings the rest of the attacking players into the equation.
“If you want to be an attacking team and cause teams problems going forward, you need a centre-forward who can occupy the two centre-backs.”
"Last year we had it, mainly in Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku, and this year hopefully we will have it again with Shane and Victor.”