West Brom have hardly gotten good value for money out of summer signing Kenneth Zohore.
The hitman has struck just three goals in 17 Championship appearances hasn’t been a bountiful return, and no goals since January have left a significant portion of the fanbase seemingly very frustrated with him.
And you can’t blame them.
This is a player who was brought in for £8 million with the express task of making up the shortfall of goals left by Dwight Gayle’s departure.
Admittedly, they are very different players, but in short, the Dane has not been anywhere near successful enough.
Compared to Gayle, he has fewer shots per game, has a dribble success rate that his 17.6% lower, and even, somewhat bafflingly, wins a lower percentage of his aerial duels, as per Wyscout.
Those stats just aren’t good enough, especially when a side are pinning their promotion hopes on your goalscoring prowess.
And while it has been relatively okay for Zohore to amble on for most of the season without making much of an impact, we are now at a point where everybody associated with West Brom has to step up to the plate.
One point from a possible six since the Championship restart has left our automatic promotion cushion looking a little more threadbare than it did during lockdown, and Wednesday’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday has taken on an added significance.
If Zohore is given the nod in that game, he has to prove himself as a goalscorer, because judging by the reactions of several Baggies, he’s really running out of chances to do so.
Here are some of the best tweets from West Brom fans:
Where’s the option for by far the worst striker I have ever seen on a football pitch in my life?
— Samuel Williams (@samuelwll1) June 26, 2020
Hes a pudding. Useless in the air. No strength. Cant hold the ball up. Other than that, £8m well spent
— dan gleebits (@PIEMAN_1962) June 26, 2020
He isn't the answer, neither is Austin or HRK . The decision not to offer Gayle a permanent deal has backfired on us….. Lack of ambition will be our undoing.
— Ned J (@NedJ55135980) June 26, 2020
— #ThankYouBrunty🏴 (@lordsmysheperd) June 27, 2020
Slaven Spitting facts here but his excuses are the same from the brummie game , so does the team not learn ? No Austin or Grosicki ?? Zohore and Edwards are wastes of space and where is Bartley?? So many excuses and no improvement. Probably playoffs again then haha https://t.co/0nCir1QzfJ
— Santino (@SantinoPalermo) June 27, 2020
We need to make a change up front, Austin has to start for me if not play Robinson centre forward and add some movement.
Kanu and Zohore have to be two of the worst forwards in the championship.
— Rich F (@Rich10F) June 27, 2020
Zohore? No way get him out of the squad
— Eli Tibbs (@eli_tibbs) June 27, 2020
Zohore should not get on that pitch
— Boden🇭🇷 (@Boden1295) June 26, 2020
If Zohore is the answer I'm pretty sure Bilić didn't understand the question…
— Jacko (@JACKO_BRAND) June 26, 2020
In other West Brom news, Athletic journo: West Brom player may have to make ‘sacrifice’ for ‘greater good’ v Sheff Wed.