Max Melbourne can force his way into Pardew's plans at West Brom

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns on December 2, 2017 in West...

The young defender was on the bench for West Bromwich Albion against Crystal Palace.

Max Melbourne of West Bromwich Albion during the pre season friendly match against Port Vale at Vale Park on August 1, 2017 in Burslem, England.

Alan Pardew has much work to attend to at West Bromwich Albion, with his new club currently in 17th place in the Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone.

Pardew, having taken over from Tony Pulis, is faced with the unenviable task of attempting to preserve West Brom's top flight status, a quest that will continue when his side travel to face Swansea City, who are currently bottom of the table, on Saturday.

It is likely that, in the main, Pardew will turn to his experienced players as he aims to get West Brom playing with greater cohesion.

Max Melbourne of West Bromwich Albion during the pre season friendly match against Port Vale at Vale Park on August 1, 2017 in Burslem, England.

West Brom have some talented youngsters at their disposal, however, including Max Melbourne, the young left-back who made the bench for Pardew's first game in charge, a goalless draw against Crystal Palace.

Having regularly played with a three-man defence in the closing stages of Pulis' regime, West Brom switched to a back four against Palace.

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on October 28, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

They were more resolute defensively as a consequence and if they persist with such a system then Melbourne could well have a part to play this season.

Kieran Gibbs is West Brom's first-choice option at left-back but the club don't have any other natural senior choices in that position, although Allan Nyom, Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt are amongst those to have previously filled in there.

Melbourne, despite his lack of experience, is very much a natural left-back and has been a regular for West Brom at U23 level this season.

The 19-year-old is also capable of playing at centre-back or right-back if required and could prove to be a useful option for Pardew to consider at some stage this season, particularly if injuries strike.

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