Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock has claimed that West Brom are missing the quality up front to score goals and “unlock games”.
Talking on The Football Show (Sky Sports, Monday, 11am) Warnock said, “I don’t think you can question the players’ commitment to the manager or the manager’s commitment to the players.
“What they’re missing is that bit of quality at the front. You saw fight, a hunger against Spurs. The gameplan that Bilic set out was very good.
“What we saw which we don’t often see from West Brom was numbers in the box.
“This is the shortfall, that moment of quality to score a goal and unlock the game. They just don’t have that.”
Pereira could be key
Slaven Bilic got his man over the summer but the jury is still out on Karlan Grant.
And the goals aren’t coming from the other positions this season, which is a big difference from the Championship.
Goals are hard to come by in the Premier League and we can’t find fault with what Warnock is saying.
The trouble is, West Brom don’t really have options now.
There isn’t going to be any real money to change the situation in January so Bilic is going to have to make do with what he’s got.
West Brom were missing Matheus Pereira on Sunday and he’s got the sort of quality that Warnock is talking about.
He might have to move back to his number 10 spot to really get the chance to unlock Premier League defences.
What was good on Sunday was the fight from the players – something else that Warnock pointed out.
It’s a step in the right direction in what’s proving to be a very tough season.
In other West Brom news, Many West Brom fans saying the same thing about Bilic after 1-0 defeat v Spurs