Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero, on loan at West Brom made his first start for the Baggies this week and amazingly scored within just 5 minutes against QPR.
The Ecuadorian managed 57 minutes of football from the start, that’s the most he’s managed in English football since December 2016. Scoring within five minutes, he equalled the amount of League goals he’s scored for Swansea since he joined us way back in the Summer of 2014.
It was the 29-year-old’s first start of the season and it was something of a surprise to see West Brom boss Darren Moore give him a chance from the start as he’s only proved to be effective enough as an impact substitute.
Moore’s faith in him to start paid off though against QPR as he latched on to a loose ball inside the penalty area to fire the Baggies into an early lead. They went on to win the game 3-2.
An on-going problem for Montero though that’s proven to be difficult to shake off has been his fitness and his habit of picking up injuries. After his heroics as a super sub at Millwall back in September, he then picked up a hamstring injury that kept him out of action for the next 10 games.
He made a brief return in the 1-0 away win at Bolton in November but he then struggled to make a similar impact off the bench in subsequent games until his final act as a Swansea player this season was helping the team comeback to a 3-3 draw at home against Birmingham City.
Reacting to his performance in his side’s 3-2 win against QPR on Tuesday night, West Brom manager Darren Moore said:
“We’re pleased, since signing him, we felt he needed some sessions, we’ve been trying to give him that.”
“We thought tonight was the right night and he came up trumps and that will do him the world of good.
He got into threatening positions, another couple of weeks he’ll be going straight at opponents, he can feel happy.”