West Brom manager Steve Bruce drops team selection hint ahead of Huddersfield Town

Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup exit to Derby County could well have made Steve Bruce’s team selection for Saturday straightforward.

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Bruce has hinted that the side that lines up against Huddersfield Town on Saturday will be very similar to that of the one that beat Hull City 5-2 last weekend and not so much like the one that were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Derby County.

Bruce made 10 changes to the team that started the midweek match against the Rams and it was a squad that contained a mixture of youngsters and those senior players on the fringe of the first team.

Louie Sibley of Derby County takes a shot whilst under pressure from Taylor Gardner-Hickman of West Bromwich Albion during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Derby County and West Bromwich Albion

Whilst the younger squad members such as Zac Ashworth and Ethan Ingram were never likely to be starting in the Championship any time soon, those senior players that have been missing out in recent weeks such as Callum Robinson, Adam Reach and Kyle Bartley were given a chance to show why they should be involved in the league.

But it seems Bruce was left far from impressed and singled out second-choice keeper Alex Palmer as the only real positive performance out of the side from Tuesday evening.

When asked if he expected more from the senior lads on the night, Bruce said: “You’ve got a point there, you’ve got a point there.”

“Did they do enough to be in the team on Saturday? Question mark.”