West Brom's Wes Hoolahan is ready to go if he is called upon

Wes Hoolahan may yet get his chance to help fire Albion back into the Premier League.

Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan

The Irishman – who joined the Baggies on a free transfer in September – is yet to feature under interim head coach Jimmy Shan and made his last appearance for the club as a 70th-minute substitute in the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest more than two months ago.

But he returned to the substitutes’ bench at Reading on Easter Monday, and would be ready to step into the side, according to Shan.

“That’s been purely selection,” said the interim boss, on why Hoolahan hasn’t featured under him.

“But we’re going to look to maximise our squad (in build-up to play- offs).

“Wes as an individual has been excellent. It’s been very difficult to leave him out of squads.

“He’s a fit, fit boy. He trains with pure enthusiasm and has bags of quality.

“Wes, day in day out, trains the only way he knows – full-heartedly.

“Should Wes need to be available, I am sure he will be because of the manner he looks after himself.”

Hoolahan’s old club Norwich look set to seal promotion to the Premier League this weekend and Shan knows rotation will be key if Albion are to be fresh enough going into the play-offs at the end of a 46-game Championship campaign.

“We just need to get everybody up to speed, willing and raring to go,” he said. “We have to make sure everybody is raring to go.

“One player that springs to mind is young Jonathan Leko. He has not figured a lot, but we have done a lot of planning for the play-offs.

“One thing in that meeting was about Jonathan. He is an exciting player and exciting talent. We’ve got to make sure he is ready to go as in any tight game, he has the potential and the tools to unlock teams.

“With him as an example, we need to make sure everyone has enough exposure.”

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