"I shared a wry smile with him at the end because I think he finds it amusing that he gets bigger cheers for making a tackle than he does for his passing," said the Baggies boss after victory over Wigan.
"He is by far the best passer of the ball we have got at the club, with the best vision and quality of touch, by a country mile.
"He finds it amusing that you get more cheers for tackling than for hitting a great disguised pass or a wonderfully weighted ball.
"If he is acclimatising to the demands of the game then so be it.
"I think he is a wonderful footballer and yet I haven't played him in some games because of that attribute."