West Brom performed admirably against Burnley but Conor Gallagher was unusually wasteful in possession.

There is little doubt that the midfielder has been one of our better players this season but he was not at his best at Turf Moor.

He failed to create a big chance and made one key pass, per SofaScore.

Despite that, Albion should have still won the match, with Matheus Pereira and Mbaye Diagne both missing brilliant chances to score.

West Brom have been impressive since the new loan signings came into the team, so it is a little disappointing that Gallagher faltered on Saturday.

Per SofaScore, a return of 68% pass accuracy highlights a rare underperformance from the 21-year-old.

That meant he gave away possession 19 times – more than either Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Okay Yokuslu.

Despite that, he has impressed this season and will likely earn another Premier League move in the summer.

If we get relegated we think it will be difficult to bring him back to The Hawthorns.

That is not the end of the world, however, as we already have options at the club who can take his place.

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Rekeem Harper has been in and around the first-team squad for three years now.

He divides opinion but is beginning to impress in the Championship on loan at Birmingham City.

Against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday the youngster won 72% of his duels according to SofaScore, winning six on the ground and two in the air.

That is impressive for a centre-midfielder whose best attributes lie in his ability on the ball.

89% pass accuracy for Birmingham reflects that, per WyScout, while Harper has completed 10 out of 10 passes to the final third in his five Championship games.

He clearly has potential, and although he only achieved a WhoScored average rating of 6.3 last term, he deserves another chance to improve himself.

If we go down, which looks likely, then a rebuilding process will be necessary.

The likes of Gallagher, Maitland-Niles and Yokuslu will not be here.

That means Harper has a great chance to earn a place in next year’s squad, but to do so he must continue impressing at Birmingham this season.

In other West Brom news, ‘I feel so sad’ – West Brom ace sends Twitter message after 0-0 draw v Burnley.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Rakeem’s got it all. Except desire, effort, commitment and consistency. Gallagher has all of these. I would love to see Rakeem add all these to his game. Mind you if he did he’d be a super star and sold to line Lai’s pocket..

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