West Brom had more touches in their opposition’s box than any of the ‘Other 14’ Premier League sides outside the big six this weekend.
This highlights a major issue for Sam Allardyce as it proves he has failed in rectifying a key problem that has hampered Albion this season.
The Other 14 collect data on the Premier League sides outside of the so called ‘Big 6’ and most of the time this season, we have been at the bottom of their various charts.
Team Touches in the Opposition Penalty Area from TheOther14 teams in #PL week 27. @Other14The @WBA with the most this week.#WBA #SaintsFC #LUFC #BHAFC #FFC #twitterblades #NUFC #WHUFC #twitterclarets #LCFC #AVFC #Wolves #EFC #CPFC pic.twitter.com/vaqjxD3Mu3
— TheOther14 (@Other14The) March 9, 2021
This changed this weekend as we were top of the chart for most touches in the opposition’s penalty area with 34 touches.
Six more than Southampton who scored twice at Bramall Lane and eight more than the rampant attacking threat of Leeds United.
Naturally, you would assume we picked up a couple of goals to go with our many touches in Newcastle United’s box.
As you know by now, that assumption is wrong.
We failed to find the net against a very poor Newcastle United side and that blame has to fall on our attackers.
More plainly, Mbaye Diagne, who kept getting in the right positions but never really tested Martin Dubravka.
We were crying out for a striker to grab us the goals that would give us a chance of staying in the Premier League.
Diagne looked like he could be that man based on his first couple of appearances but he has had some absolute shockers for us and he should have at least three more goals to his name.
Instead, he has one solitary goal to his name and despite us creating more chances we still don’t have anyone to take them.
Allardyce will be furious with his striker’s recent performances and he will know that he has failed to fix our goalscoring problem.
In other West Brom news, Lee Dixon slammed this “terrible” Albion player in the draw with Newcastle.