Menseguez to make impact from bench, says Mowbray

The West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has revealed he will use loan signing Juan Carlos Menseguez as an impact player from the bench in the coming weeks. The 25-year-old Argentine midfielder made his debut as a late substitute in the 2-0 Premier League defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage at the weekend.

But Mowbray is questioning whether he has the resilience needed to command a place in the strugglers' starting line-up – particularly away from home. Mowbray said: "To get him on the pitch was good. Whether he's ready physically to make the impact, we will see if he gets the opportunity.

"Injuries, and the way the game is going, will determine whether he gets game-time but I don't see him, in our current plight, starting every week for us. He's here to make an impact and if he can then fine – but let's wait and see.

"People may not know what to expect but when you set a team up I would suggest I can only see him being someone who can make an impact off the bench. I think he is more than capable of giving us pieces of magic by going past people with clever footwork. But is he the type of player who, when we go away from home, can be resolute and resilient? It may be difficult to find him a place in the team."

Filipe Teixeira has told Mowbray he is prepared to play through the pain barrier to help in the battle to stay in the Premier League.

The Portuguese midfielder is willing to defy a fractured toe to play in Saturday's league meeting with Everton at Goodison Park. Teixeira suffered the setback during the reversal at Fulham and has been unable to train so far this week. But he has indicated to Mowbray that he wants to remain part of his plans.

Mowbray said: "We will wait and see if he trains. He's got a fractured toe and sometimes you don't know how they will go. It's not like he's got a sore thigh.

"He's broken a toe but he's still anxious to be involved. That will basically depend on how much pain he has and whether he can get his boot on."

Mowbray will resist the temptation to rush his captain Jonathan Greening back into first-team action and risk sidelining him for the remainder of the season.

Greening has resumed light training after suffering a knee ligament setback in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Burnley on 24 January – the first major injury of his lengthy career.

Mowbray said: "I think we've got to make sure 'Jonno' doesn't come back too early and then ends up missing another six weeks because the season would be virtually over then."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Books should be for everyone, says Els, 8. Publisher Scholastic now agrees
booksAn eight-year-old saw a pirate book was ‘for boys’ and took on the publishers
Life and Style
Mary Beard received abuse after speaking positively on 'Question Time' about immigrant workers: 'When people say ridiculous, untrue and hurtful things, then I think you should call them out'
tech
Life and Style
Most mail-order brides are thought to come from Thailand, the Philippines and Romania
life
News
i100
Life and Style
tech
Voices
Margaret Thatcher, with her director of publicity Sir Gordon Reece, who helped her and the Tory Party to victory in 1979
voicesThe subject is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for former PR man DJ Taylor
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions