West Brom boss Slaven Bilic pleased with wing-back duo Conor Townsend, Darnell Furlong
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West Brom boss Slaven Bilic pleased with wing-back duo Conor Townsend, Darnell Furlong

West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has heaped praises on Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong whom he believes have easily adapted to their roles as wing-backs.

West Brom will take on Sheffield United on Saturday evening in an all-important clash that could determine if they will survive relegation - both parties in fact as the Blades have also been struggling this season.

However, Bilic's new formation of 3-5-2 has seen Townsend and Furlong stepping up to the plate and putting on solid performances as wing-backs.

“We play a system where those players are very important,” Bilic said via Express & Star.

“They have to cover a lot of ground. They are giving you width, they have to provide quality, they have to get up and down. It’s a big job.

“One of the reasons we have done well in that system is because of the two players playing there – Darnell and Conor.

“They were good last season in the Championship but they have improved a lot – defensively and offensively.

“They are the reason why in recent games we have been so close to a result.

“They are doing well, they can still improve – like every player.

“But are they doing well? Yes they are, I have to say that and I am very pleased for both of them.

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