Carragher predicts whether Irvine will be a success at West Brom

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Jamie Carragher believes that West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has a lot to prove at the Hawthorns.

Jamie Carragher believes that Alan Irvine has a lot to prove at West Bromwich Albion, but thinks the club can be fine if they build around the young squad that they have. 

Irvine was announced as the surprise candidate to take over from Pepe Mel at the Hawthorns this summer and he has a fan-base to win over.

Many felt that his lack of experience working at the top level would stand against him, but Carragher feels that his ability to nurture young talent can work in his favour.

The Scot was part of the Everton set-up which brought through the likes of Ross Barkley in recent times, and the Sky Sports pundit feels he can do the same with the current crop of youngsters at the Baggies.

"Time will tell [whether Irvine will be a success]. There were a lot of questions asked when he got the job because things didn’t really work out for him at Preston or Sheffield Wednesday," Carragher wrote on Sky Sports' website.

"He has a lot to prove and do, but he has a great reputation on Merseyside and beyond for what he did with Everton’s young players like Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell. I’m sure he can take those experiences into West Brom, who have a strong group of youngsters, like [Saido] Berahino, Craig Dawson and Andre Wisdom, a lad I know well from my Liverpool days and really like the look of.

"Wisdom came into the Liverpool side under Brendan Rodgers a couple of years ago and performed very steadily at right-back and having spent last season playing regularly on loan at Derby in the Championship, he has only improved.

"I think he could end up as a centre-back in the future but as a full-back he very rarely makes mistakes and is always seven out of 10. If he keeps that up, I’m sure he and West Brom will be fine."

The Baggies start to the season so far has been rather indifferent and the club currently lie in 14th place.

They have improved in recent weeks, though, and wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley have boosted spirits. 

The two victories were achieved in very different circumstances, highlighting Irvine's side adeptness in both attack and defence and they have given the Midlands side a platform to build on.

West Brom take on Manchester United on Monday, where they will be looking to keep their momentum up and pick up another shock result. 

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