It's decision time for Oscar - but what would you do?

Gordon Greer has served his one-game ban

Gordon Greer has served his one-game ban

First published in Sport

Oscar Garcia faces a big decision at Bolton today.

But what would you do if you were picking a team for action at the Reebok?

Skipper and centre-back Gordon Greer is back from a one-game ban as Albion face one of the more in-form teams in the Championship.

But Lewis Dunk, who came into his place, did a solid job both against Reading from the 51st minute last Saturday and versus QPR in midweek.

Albion know they cannot select on-loan Keith Andrews as they play against his parent club.

Bolton-born Dale Stephens looks the obvious replacement. Or maybe you have other ideas.

So what should Oscar do against a Bolton side unbeaten in five games.

We would love to know your thoughts.

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9:13am Sat 15 Mar 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

I would bring Greer back.He is their captain,has played in nearly every game so far contributing to their impressive shut outs.Lewis is one for the future without doubt.There is one thing to bear in mind-will he have the same attitude as AEA-look what happened to him but I think OG will have other ideas.
I would bring Greer back.He is their captain,has played in nearly every game so far contributing to their impressive shut outs.Lewis is one for the future without doubt.There is one thing to bear in mind-will he have the same attitude as AEA-look what happened to him but I think OG will have other ideas. SeagullOverSelsey
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9:15am Sat 15 Mar 14

Your looking good dutch says...

That's it though. It's not a big decision. Greer will be back in. He's the captain. Period. Personally I would use dunk. Greer is a great defender but too slow for me. And dunk has earns his place recently.
That's it though. It's not a big decision. Greer will be back in. He's the captain. Period. Personally I would use dunk. Greer is a great defender but too slow for me. And dunk has earns his place recently. Your looking good dutch
  • Score: 11

9:37am Sat 15 Mar 14

Baldseagull says...

Unfortunately for Dunk, Greer is also Captain which is going to flavour the decision in Greers favour. I think Dunk could learn some from playing alongside Upson and be a better player for it, that might be more valuable to us in the long run, but all the while there is a play off chance that won't come into the decision.
Not too upset at Andrews sitting this one out, just hope that whoever steps in does well enough to deserve to keep the place.
Unfortunately for Dunk, Greer is also Captain which is going to flavour the decision in Greers favour. I think Dunk could learn some from playing alongside Upson and be a better player for it, that might be more valuable to us in the long run, but all the while there is a play off chance that won't come into the decision. Not too upset at Andrews sitting this one out, just hope that whoever steps in does well enough to deserve to keep the place. Baldseagull
  • Score: 5

10:11am Sat 15 Mar 14

wiseman of hove says...

I would marginally have to go for Dunk because he is quicker than Greer, and Upson is fine as captain. Was West Ham's captain.
Buckley to start (with LuaLua standing by to sub for him). Stephens for Andrews
I would marginally have to go for Dunk because he is quicker than Greer, and Upson is fine as captain. Was West Ham's captain. Buckley to start (with LuaLua standing by to sub for him). Stephens for Andrews wiseman of hove
  • Score: 5

11:40am Sat 15 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk?

(Freeloaders need not reply.)
Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk? (Freeloaders need not reply.) Ex-pat Arnie
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11:42am Sat 15 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Having just read the story on Buckley OG basically states he will play Greer instead of Dunk.
Having just read the story on Buckley OG basically states he will play Greer instead of Dunk. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

12:04pm Sat 15 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

Consistency is the key, Greer should start as it is very clear that the back five have operated as a unit, each aware of the other's positional play. Dunk will have his time, it could be next season that sees him take his place as I would not be totally surprised if we accepted a bid for Greer come the summer.
Consistency is the key, Greer should start as it is very clear that the back five have operated as a unit, each aware of the other's positional play. Dunk will have his time, it could be next season that sees him take his place as I would not be totally surprised if we accepted a bid for Greer come the summer. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Alfie T says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk?

(Freeloaders need not reply.)
Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk? (Freeloaders need not reply.)[/p][/quote]Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO Alfie T
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12:44pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Alfie T wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk?

(Freeloaders need not reply.)
Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO
The second card had nothing to do with his pace over 10-20 yards, it was just an obstruction, the problem was he was out of position covering someone else.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk? (Freeloaders need not reply.)[/p][/quote]Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO[/p][/quote]The second card had nothing to do with his pace over 10-20 yards, it was just an obstruction, the problem was he was out of position covering someone else. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

12:47pm Sat 15 Mar 14

VegasSeagull says...

Alfie T wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk?

(Freeloaders need not reply.)
Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO
Alfie you are right, Dunk has put in some good performances when called upon but when we were collecting eleven clean sheets I didn't see too many people calling for Dunk to replace Greer. Likewise, when keeping our goals against tally to what is a great statistic, the calls for Dunk to start were also absent.
We have a defensive unit consisting of five regular starting players, not four plus one. The cohesion at the back has come from consistency and it's great that Dunk can step in and do the right things, but has Greer, over the season, lets us down to a point where one can say, Dunk is a better option when so many have been calling for us to send out a settled starting eleven.
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk? (Freeloaders need not reply.)[/p][/quote]Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO[/p][/quote]Alfie you are right, Dunk has put in some good performances when called upon but when we were collecting eleven clean sheets I didn't see too many people calling for Dunk to replace Greer. Likewise, when keeping our goals against tally to what is a great statistic, the calls for Dunk to start were also absent. We have a defensive unit consisting of five regular starting players, not four plus one. The cohesion at the back has come from consistency and it's great that Dunk can step in and do the right things, but has Greer, over the season, lets us down to a point where one can say, Dunk is a better option when so many have been calling for us to send out a settled starting eleven. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Grendel says...

As well as Dunk has played I would put Greer back in, but no complaints if Dunk starts. He was very good indeed on Tuesday. I think Ince and Stephens should start in midfield, with either David or JFC, I don't mind which.
As well as Dunk has played I would put Greer back in, but no complaints if Dunk starts. He was very good indeed on Tuesday. I think Ince and Stephens should start in midfield, with either David or JFC, I don't mind which. Grendel
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Alfie T says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Alfie T wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk?

(Freeloaders need not reply.)
Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO
The second card had nothing to do with his pace over 10-20 yards, it was just an obstruction, the problem was he was out of position covering someone else.
Blatant body check, Greer knew if he went past him he couldn't have got near him.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: Although Greer is not the paciest, how many times to forwards actually get in behind the centre backs and so put his speed to the test? Greer will be back in, I'm fairly certain, but how lucky are we to have such a capable deputy in Dunk? (Freeloaders need not reply.)[/p][/quote]Le Fondre would have been in twice but Greers lack of pace cost him a red card, Captain or not,the best player starts and that should be Dunk IMO[/p][/quote]The second card had nothing to do with his pace over 10-20 yards, it was just an obstruction, the problem was he was out of position covering someone else.[/p][/quote]Blatant body check, Greer knew if he went past him he couldn't have got near him. Alfie T
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