Garth Crooks says West Brom star James McClean needs to have a serious word with himself

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Garth Crooks has criticised West Brom midfielder James McClean.

West Brom suffered a late defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend, and BBC pundit Garth Crooks is of the opinion that winger James McClean is a hindrance to the side.

McClean was sent off in the 2-1 defeat for an awful tackle on Cherries defender Adam Smith.

Smith went onto score a vital goal in the win, but Crooks felt he was lucky to be on the pitch at all, describing the taclke in his BBC column as 'shocking.'

He went on to criticise the Republic of Ireland international responsible for the challenge: "It's the second time I've seen McClean unceremoniously crash into an opponent without any due care or attention and he really needs to have a serious word with himself.

"He's a good player and Tony Pulis needs him on the pitch and not on the sidelines. He's no use to anyone there."

The Baggies feel the same way, if reports are to be believed. The Express claim that McClean, a summer signing, has been slapped with a £50,000 fine for his actions.

Striker Salomon Rondon was also sent off during the fixture, for a headbutt in injury time.

Both players will serve three match bans, missing games against Swansea City, Newcastle United, and Stoke City.

Bournemouth have now won three games in a row and have moved clear of the relegation zone into 14th place, where they are just one point and one position now behind West Brom.

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