West Brom boss Alan Pardew feels his side can still pull clear of danger – if striker Salomon Rondon can hit a rich vein of form.
Albion have lost their last seven games and sit rock-bottom of the Premier League table, eight points adrift of safety.
The Baggies’ survival hopes look slim but Pardew hasn’t given up just yet ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
Rondon managed to grab a goal in the 4-1 home defeat to Leicester last time out and Pardew feels a purple patch from the Venezuelan striker could yet see his side pull off a miracle escape.
“Strikers can get a goal from nowhere and suddenly that can turn very quickly,” said Pardew, as reported by the Express & Star.
“He’s a great striker to work with. I’ve had strikers before who have had runs. I remember Bobby Zamora went for long periods without scoring and then would have a little burst or a spell. I hope, fingers crossed, Salomon gets a burst like that.
“His work-rate and the way he is around the group, I think he’s a tremendous person.”
West Brom are 4.50 to win at Bournemouth on Saturday and Rondon is 8.00 to score first or 3.20 to score at anytime.
The Cherries, who are six points clear of danger but winless in their last four Premier League games, are 1.85 to secure all three points and a draw is 3.60.