West Brom's Nacer Chadli Sidelined for 'Foreseeable Future' After Tearing Hamstring

West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea Preview Pulis seeking upset in front of watching owner

West Brom's Nacer Chadli Sidelined for 'Foreseeable Future' After Tearing Hamstring

Should Pulis be sacked now, there will be many throwing their hands up in despair and saying it is unfair to sack anybody after two home games against the best two teams in the Premier League, and especially unfair to sack The Man Who Hath Never Been Relegated. Pulis clearly thought the same, picking a side with six specialist defensive players and his most creative winger at right-back (let's not kid ourselves about the word "wing-back" here).

"That is going to keep him out for the foreseeable future".

And the crowd didn't turn at 2-0, they realised their team had been cut open by a superior team. Because unlike the first two, it was san inexcusable goal to concede.

The contest was over before half-time as Marcos Alonso found the back of the net from a tight angle following a Cesc Fabregas free-kick in the 38th minute so the Baggies had it all to do after the break.

The Argentinian was obviously up for it, because he had a set-to with Morata soon after, just before Rondon was also booked for diving in the box.

There were boos from the home supporters that hadn't already left the Hawthorns as they watched their side trudge in 3-0 down at half time. The one big concern is the Pulisians kicking Hazard and Morata to pieces, but with their resistance now seemingly broken, hopefully that won't be the case in the second half.

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The past decade provides a more reliable barometer of Pulis's approach. Imagine what a different manager would do with Phillips, with James McClean, with Nacer Chadli, with Oliver Burke, with Jay Rodriguez?

What happens now is up to Lai and Williams.

Instead it was Hazard who was first to a brace when he silkily brought down Fabregas' ball over the top, steadied and fired through the retreating defenders.

It was Hazard who did the legwork for the goal, breaking through the Albion defence and unleashing a shot from 25 yards out. He cuts back inside Hegazi before finding the net easily.

17th, with 10 points from 12 games. Unused subs: Myhill, Nyom, Brunt, Robson-Kanu. The link-up play between Hazard, Morata and Fabregas was deadly.

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