Carlos Vela set to start for West Bromwich Albion against Tottenham Hotspur
Written by Renzo on April 22, 2011 22:30
On-loan Arsenal striker Carlos Vela could be handed his first start for West Bromwich Albion since Roy Hodgson took over from Roberto Di Matteo.
According to assistant manager Michael Appleton, the Mexico International was impressive when coming on as a substitute against Chelsea last week as he explained that when the Baggies win the ball it is important to use it in a clever way, an option that the 22-year old can provide to his team.
The striker joined West Brom during the January transfer window and immediately made an impact scoring two crucial late goals against Wolverhampton and Stoke City in February.
Against Chelsea, the Mexican came on in the 72nd minute of the game and was indeed very lively on the flanks, beating the offside trap in the 87th minute and offering Chris Brunt a golden opportunity but the Northern Irish could only head straight at goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game, Appleton said:
Tottenham is going to be a slightly different test to Chelsea, albeit they are a team who like to have a lot of possession.
So when we do win back the ball, I’d like to think we can be a little more clever than we were in the first half against Chelsea – and Carlos [Vela] comes into that category.
I’m sure he will be in the gaffer’s thoughts quite heavily after his appearance on Saturday.