Vela in Baggies contention

Vela joined Albion in January from Arsenal on a loan deal until the

end of the season, but has started just one game. His other four

appearances have been as a sub, with the latest a 15-minute cameo

in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Chelsea. Vela, however, has

scored vital goals in coming off the bench in the 1-1 draws with

Wolves and Stoke, and could now figure from the off at Spurs on

Saturday. Assistant manager Michael Appleton said: “Tottenham is

going to be a slightly different test to Chelsea, albeit they are a

team who like to have a lot of possession. “So when we do win back

the ball, I’d like to think we can be a little more clever than we

were in the first half against Chelsea – and Carlos comes into that

category. “I’m sure he will be in the gaffer’s thoughts quite

heavily after his appearance on Saturday.”