Darren Fletcher may be out of form at the moment, but I would still keep him in the team for this weekend’s trip to Leicester, writes Ally Robertson.
The 32-year-old offers a wealth of experience in that central midfield area, and has the ability to play himself into form.
Last season’s player of the year, he gives 100 per cent in ever single game and is also a hugely important figure for the rest of the team to look up to.
In my opinion, the crowd would have had the same reaction on Saturday, whoever was brought off.
They were just pleased Tony Pulis was throwing on some attacking players, because it was obvious to everybody that something needed to change.
We were set up far too defensively, and played the whole first half 30 yards too deep.
If you give a team like Manchester City time to pick you apart, don’t be surprised when they do.
I couldn’t understand why Pulis decided to put our best defender into midfield against one of the most dangerous attacking teams in the league.
Instead of trying to play square pegs in round holes, Jonny Evans should have been at the heart of the defence.
After Pulis put an actual midfielder into midfield, we managed to put City on the back foot.
Jonathan Leko and James Morrison dragged the whole team further up the pitch and for half an hour we managed to make it a contest.
But that should have been the plan from the outset. When you’re 2-0 down at half-time, at home, there’s really only one option left and that’s to go for it.
Two wins in 20 is not a good enough return at any level, but it doesn’t get any easier this weekend.
It’s been over a year since Leicester lost a league game at home and they’ve improved recently after a stumbling start to their title defence.
The suspended James McClean is going to be a huge miss this weekend. The Ireland international buzzed around the City players for 90 minutes on Saturday and was my man of the match.
Hopefully Pulis will put Chris Brunt on the left wing, where I think he’s at his best, and Morrison in central midfield.
A point at the King Power Stadium would be a welcome return, but the two games immediately after the international break are now must-wins in my opinion.
Having failed to get any bonus points from the last two games against Liverpool and City, Albion have slipped to 16th in the league and are just three points above the bottom three.
There is pressure now to deliver six points from the home game with Burnley and the long trip north to Hull. Lose those games and we could be in the drop zone.Subscribe to our Newsletter