View: Karlan Grant assessed - West Brom new signing endures far-from-perfect debut v Burnley
Summer signing Karlan Grant was given his first start for West Brom on Monday night just days after signing for the Baggies.
West Brom and Burnley played out the first 0-0 draw of the new Premier League season at the Hawthorns as Grant couldn’t get the debut goal Baggies fans craved.
The 23-year-old did have the ball in the net, heading home an inviting Grady Diangana cross, but the former Huddersfield man had strayed offside and couldn’t help Albion to a first league win of the season.
While Grant didn’t score, it is worth remembering that the forward hasn’t played competitive football for over three months meaning we were probably never going to see the best of the new Baggies striker.
That’s not to say he played badly, but the stats from Grant’s debut aren’t quite as good as Baggies fan will have hoped for.
In his 74 minutes against Burnley Grant had two shots, neither of which were on target, his offside attempt obviously not counting. The forward also registered an expected goal rate of 0.08xG, meaning it never looked like he would score. (Wyscout)
The 23-year-old also only registered two touches in the penalty area despite the Baggies being on top for large portions of the game, which, fit or not, is a disappointing statistic for a Premier League forward.
He also only won 40% of his offensive duels and 28.6% of his total duels which will come as a disappointment to a big centre forward like Grant, a player who the Baggies will be looking to send long balls up to at times this season.
On a more positive note, 50% of Grant’s dribbles were successful and he registered a 76.9% passing accuracy but unfortunately, that pretty much covers the positive statistics from the new Baggies forward.
Of course, all of this has to be taken with a large amount of salt because of Grant’s fitness, but there is no doubting that he still underperformed as only 42.9% of his total actions were successful on his debut.
He will have a chance to improve when the Baggies travel to the south coast to play Brighton next Monday as Albion’s wait for a first Premier League win goes on.
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