The transfer saga that dominated the West Brom summer transfer window was the move that saw Karlan Grant arrive at The Hawthorns. 

Many Albion fans were excited when the deal was finally confirmed as they had a new striker to lead their club’s line in the Premier League.

He was identified as the man who would score the goals that would keep West Brom in the top flight.

But Grant has now played five games in the league for Albion and he is yet to show any noticeable improvement on the options that were already at the club.

In fact, the stats show that Grant is producing some rather concerning performances and at the moment his transfer is looking like a poor bit of business.

Grant has only scored one goal for the Baggies so far as he rescued a point for his new side away at Brighton.

A goal every five games will leave grant with around 7 goals by the end of the season which simply isn’t going to help West Brom so that needs to change quickly.

According to Wyscout, Grant is averaging an expected goals rate (xG) of 0.21xG every time he takes to the field which suggests he isn’t likely to score, this isn’t ideal for a striker.

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You could argue that Grant is in a poor team and he isn’t getting the chances but the 23-year-old is has only managed to get 37.5% of his shots on target this season.

For context, this is worse than Hal Robson-Kanu’s shots on target rate as the Welshman has troubled opposition goalkeepers with 50% of his shots this season.

Grant has also struggled to carry the ball as he has only successfully completed 33% of his attempted dribbles and he only makes 0.45 progressive runs per 90 minutes.

He is also struggling to win the ball for the Baggies as he has only won a shocking 17.4% of his aerial duels.

This simply isn’t good enough as he needs to win and hold up the play when Albion are sending the ball long or clearing their lines.

The 23-year-old has also only won 23% of his offensive duels this season which suggests he isn’t great at winning the ball back for his side or putting opposition defences under much pressure.

Overall, 65% of Grant’s actions this season have been unsuccessful which proves that more often than not he is giving the ball away or failing to score.

The hopes of West Brom fans were placed on Grant’s shoulders when he joined the club and so far he is letting himself and the club down.

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  1. Give the guy a chance. Every striker knows how it works. I went 11 games without a goal then started banging them in for fun. Your head never drops. You know. Grant will do well, AND he’s already got off the mark so give him chance to bed in.


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