The West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic has described Sheffield Wednesday as ‘a proper team’, comprised of men and not kids.

Bilic’s side welcome Wednesday to The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon and will be looking to retain their position at the top of the Championship.

The Owls have slipped to eighth after dropping points late on in three of their last five matches, but are one of the teams trying to hunt them down.

And Bilic expects a difficult game from Garry Monk’s men.

“They’re a really good team,” said the West Brom boss, via The Birmingham Mail. “They’re a proper team. They’re men. There are no kids in that team, they’re of a good age.

The Wednesday manager, Monk. (Photo by Mick Walker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“They’re positive, they run, they engage. They make it very hard for you, that’s why they’re there (in the table). This is a difficult game not because of the players we’re missing, but because of the strength of the opponent.”

Speaking via the official Sheffield Wednesday Facebook page on Thursday, Monk revealed that he has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the Owls’ trip to the West Midlands.

Recent absentees Julian Börner, Sam Hutchinson and Massimo Luongo are all in line to return against West Brom.

Bilic and Monk have never before managed against one another.

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