With West Brom's first team not in action until next Monday, the Baggies took the opportunity to utilise several players in and around the first team, recovering from injury or simply seeking more minutes.
As well as Willock, the likes of Kenneth Zohore Rekeem Harper, Chris Brunt and Kyle Edwards were also named in the XI by Albion Under-23 caretaker manager Deon Burton in their clash against Swansea, while Ahmed Hegazi came off the bench.
Willock, a summer signing for The Hawthorns on loan from Benfica (official West Brom website), put in an impressive display as he weighed in with several chances and an assist, and also showed his physical side, with opposition players unable to wrestle the ball off of him.
Here is some of the reaction from the West Brom faithful:
Tulloch and Willock are different material— John (@Johnwba01) 28 October 2019
Willock should be in the 1st team— james duffy (@barryd19651) 28 October 2019
63’ Goal for @WBA, good play from the Baggies with a inch-perfect cross from Willock met by the head of Zohore, fully deserved, 1-0— James Hicks (@james_hicks8) 28 October 2019
Not even necessarily into the starting XI, I'm just surprised that, on last night's basis, he hasn't even made the bench yet. Brunt, Zohore were missing this past week. I think there was room on the bench for him at, say, Boro— Joe Chapman (@ChapmanJ92) 29 October 2019
Dont actually see the point in willock if we're just gonna bang him in the pl2 side— Mark Eccles (@Eccy69) 28 October 2019
Nah good question... but I’d give Chris Willock a run...— bobby f (@robbyofsmeth) 28 October 2019
Zohore opened the scoring just before the hour mark, heading in a cross from Dara O'Shea, and did not have to wait long for his second, connecting with a delightful ball from Willock.before slotting into the bottom corner.
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