Wilkins said: “The problem with Newcastle is that when they come out and play football they will create chances, but they are also very leaky. So it’s tailor made for West Brom to sit in there and hit you on the counter attack. It’s made for West Brom to go there and get something.”
The Magpies host Tony Pulis’ side at St James’ Park on Saturday, looking to end their poor form and climb out of the bottom three.
They head into the game on the back of a 3-0 loss at the hands of Everton, but Steve McClaren will be hoping that his team finally click and show off their attacking strengths against a side who like to sit deep and defend.
This West Brom team are a typical side managed by Pulis, and they will not look to go all out for the win. They sit in 14th place in the Premier League table, meaning a draw would be a good results, and it is hard to imagine the Baggies setting up to attack Newcastle in the game.
However, this sitting deep and counter attacking could be perfect for West Brom, with Wilkins suggesting that Newcastle’s willingness to attack and leave themselves short at the back will play into the Baggies’ hands.
The Magpies have shown an inability to defend this season, and they will leave themselves open if they set up to attack West Brom all game.
A loss to the Baggies would put severe pressure on McClaren’s job, and Wilkins expects West Brom to get something from the game on Saturday afternoon.