Conor Townsend, Darnell Furlong
Bilic happy with wing-back duo Conor Townsend, Darnell Furlong

West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic has lauded Conor Townsend and Darnell Furlong whom he believes have easily adapted to their roles as wing-backs.

West Brom will take on Sheffield United on Saturday evening in an all-important clash that could determine if they will survive relegation – both parties in fact as the Blades have also been struggling this season.

However, Bilic’s new formation of 3-5-2 has seen Townsend and Furlong stepping up to the plate and putting on solid performances as wing-backs.

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“We play a system where those players are very important,” Bilic said via Express & Star.

“They have to cover a lot of ground. They are giving you width, they have to provide quality, they have to get up and down. It’s a big job.

“One of the reasons we have done well in that system is because of the two players playing there – Darnell and Conor.

“They were good last season in the Championship but they have improved a lot – defensively and offensively.

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“They are the reason why in recent games we have been so close to a result.

“They are doing well, they can still improve – like every player.

“But are they doing well? Yes they are, I have to say that and I am very pleased for both of them.

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