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'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.
"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.