West Brom failed to build on their win at the weekend after losing to West Ham but there were some positives to take from the game.

Matheus Pereira looked rejuvenated, Dara O’Shea achieved a SofaScore rating of 7.5, and Kamil Grosicki proved he has a role to play in the team.

The latter has had a difficult spell at The Hawthorns since his move a year ago, but Sam Allardyce has completely transformed him.

So much so that his impact on the team is similar to that of a new signing.

Grosicki struggled for starts last season, making four in total, but his game time was limited even further after we got promoted.

That raised questions as to why Slaven Bilic brought him in, as a return of one goal in 19 games for Albion means he has been a bit of a flop.

This season he played just 65 minutes prior to Big Sam’s arrival, but there are signs he will have an increased role for the remainder of the campaign.

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Grosicki has now started in three consecutive matches, and he impressed at the London stadium.

He found Pereira in plenty of space to set-up the midfielder’s goal, while two key passes (WhoScored) show the 32-year-old was one of our biggest threats.

Only Kieran Gibbs matched that return, and only three West Brom players lost possession more frequently.

The Poland international was highly praised by BT Sport commentators Ian Darke and Martin Keown, too, and Big Sam may take note.

The Baggies boss will want players he can rely on as we aim for safety, and with Grady Diangana still out injured there is an opportunity for Grosicki to nail down a regular place.

More is required of the winger if he is to do that, however.

Grosicki has failed to complete a successful dribble in his three league appearances this term, and Albion desperately need another source of goals.

A new striker will help in that department, but adding a goal threat to play alongside Pereira could be massive.

Nevertheless, the former Hull man is making good progress under Allardyce and should improve as his match fitness increases.

If he manages that our survival chances will be enhanced, and Grosicki can make a success of his West Brom experience in the process.

In other West Brom news, Allardyce has refused to comment on the Robert Snodgrass situation amid a Premier League investigation.


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