Carlos Corberan fitness update could provide West Brom duo with boosted playing time
West Brom boss Carlos Corberan has claimed he has a fully fit squad for the Championship visit to Bristol City, meaning Josh Maja and Jeremy Sarmiento could now be in line for more game time at The Hawthorns.
Maja in particular has been unable to make much of an impact in his short time at the club after the boss claimed he needed to build up his fitness before he could get regular minutes, after missing pre-season [Express and Star, 11 August].
Sarmiento, meanwhile, is also without a start since arriving on loan this summer, but his impact off the bench has been felt as he scored his first goal in Baggies colours against Middlesbrough.
The West Brom boss spoke to the official club website on 14 August, where he claimed: “We finished the first week of work with a friendly game at the stadium between the squad. It helped us to not lose the competitive feeling and it also allowed us to get 90 minutes of action into plenty of players.
“This was really good, especially for some of the new players who haven’t played 90 minutes for us yet.
“The two weeks [international break] have been excellent in terms of the tactical, technical and physical development of the team. Every player is fit and ready.”
This update could prove to be particularly good news with regard to the two summer arrivals, as West Brom fans could finally see starts for both Maja and Sarmiento in an effort to inspire the side after a tricky start to the season.
Maja has been used as a substitute in four of the Baggies’ Championship games so far but is yet to score his first goal for the club, and will be anticipating the long-awaited start as an opportunity to open his account at The Hawthorns.
The form of Brandon Thomas-Asante has also been a hindrance to his start in the midlands, but Maja will be targeting a first start to prove to his boss that he can be the main man in his side, with healthy competition always a benefit for both players involved.
Sarmiento has already displayed his talent and shown the boss what he is capable of but will be looking to put on a show from the start in the hope of making himself a permanent fixture in the side where his arrival on loan has been a particular boost to fans.
Jed Wallace was named as captain at the start of the season, which may have an effect on whether he is rotated as often as he could be, but a particularly shabby display against Huddersfield could have presented an opening for Sarmiento to fill.