Despite a sloppy second half, Newcastle made it into the FA Cup quarter finals.
The Magpies were 3-0 up after 47 minutes, but a lot of the second half was spent defending. West Brom turned the screw, and managed to get two goals back.
Fortunately, Newcastle held on and advanced to the next round.
But things might have been different if one of West Brom’s substitutes had started the fifth round tie.
Filip Krovinovic came on in the 57th minute, and it’s fair to say he changed the game.
The 24-year-old gave the Baggies a lift, constantly finding space in midfield and causing Newcastle problems.
Krovinovic has been one of Slaven Bilic’s best players this season, and Newcastle saw firsthand what a talent he is.
And while Steve Bruce was celebrating another cup win, hopefully he had one eye on West Brom’s number seven.
He is currently on loan at West Brom from Benfica, but there is no deal in place for the loan to be made permanent as it stands.
And the Croatian proved on Tuesday night that he can be a threat against Premier League opposition.
Depending on what league they’re in, West Brom will likely want Krovinovic back. But Newcastle should certainly challenge them for his signature.
He would be an excellent backup option for Miguel Almiron and add extra quality to a Newcastle squad that can really lack ability on the ball.