It's chronic - Jamie Redknapp highlights why West Brom have suffered this season

Sky Sports commentator Jamie Redknapp looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 18, 2015 in...

West Bromwich Albion have one of the oldest teams in the Premier League.

Former England footballer Jamie Redknapp visiting pupils at St Johns RC High School ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Johns RC High School on October 5, 2016 in Dundee,...

Jamie Redknapp explained why the West Brom team's average age of 29 has really affected them this season, when writing his regular column for the Daily Mail, suggesting that they are suffering from a chronic lack of pace.

The Baggies are currently in a whole world of trouble, and sit firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, eight points adrift of safety, with only eight league games remaining.

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on March 10, 2018 in West Bromwich,...

Alan Pardew's men have won just three times in the league all season long, and just once since the 56-year-old took over in November.

Redknapp singled out the Black Country outfit's lack of pace as one of the key contributing factors behind their struggles this term, when writing his regular column for the Daily Mail:

Jamie Redknapp (left) and Maxim Demin, owner of AFC Bournemouth looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on January 14, 2018 in...

"With an average age of 29, West Brom’s team is one of the oldest in the division, with a chronic lack of pace. They look like the slowest team in the league. It may take relegation to build a younger, quicker team."

West Brom now face a crucial three-game period that stands out as their only realistic chance of avoiding the drop.

They travel to the south coast to take on Bournemouth on Saturday, before they face back-to-back home games against Burnley and Swansea City respectively, and they must surely be targeting at least seven points from those fixtures, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of retaining their top flight status this season.

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