Big Sam makes admission about West Brom finances ahead of January window
Sam Allardyce has revealed he is looking to bring in multiple players to boost West Brom’s survival hopes, but a lack of funds might put paid to his plans.
Sitting in 19th position in the Premier League, five points from safety, West Brom are crying out for new additions to improve their squad, and new manager Allardyce will be hoping to stamp his authority on the team by making some crucial signings.
As reported by Express and Star, Allardyce is hopeful he can bring in a number of players, if the money is made available, “Maybe it will be more than two, we’ll have to wait and see.
“Finances will be tight, I understand that, that was explained to me before I arrived.
“But we might be able to do some trading. That is one of the biggest parts of the job at any club – your trading, your ins and outs.
“If one player goes out you have to bring in a player that is so much better.
“If you get that right, you start building a stable, strong, squad that can survive in the Premier League and develop into one that will challenge in the top half rather than battling relegation.”
Clubs will be able to trade again from January 2, and West Brom are sure to face competition from a number of other struggling Premier League sides.
Lack of service a concern
One area Allardyce is likely to address is a lack of creativity, with the Baggies shortage of goals a concern for the former England manager.
Sitting bottom of the expected goals chart with 12.20 in the Premier League, per WyScout, West Brom have struggled to create clear-cut chances, and their total of 10 goals is among the worst in the division, with only Burnley and Sheffield United scoring less (both eight).
They also rank second bottom for key passes, with 28. That’s fewer than Burnley, who have played a game fewer than their relegation rivals.
Furthermore, their total of 157 touches in the opponents penalty area is the lowest in the league, a figure of 10.51 per 90.
Forward Karlan Grant has looked exasperated at times this season with the lack of service, and it is no surprise with alarming statistics like these.
If Allardyce can bring in a new recruit to ease the creative burden on Matheus Pereira, who has missed West Brom’s last three games through suspension, the likes of Grant will feel the benefit, and he might be able to add to his solitary Premier League goal this season.
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