Jobi McAnuff: I can't see West Brom turning their form around
West Brom will struggle to get out of their current rut, according to Sky Sports pundit Jobi McAnuff.
Albion are currently on a four-match winless run and have recorded just one victory in their last six games, beating struggling Hull City at the start of November.
Queens Park Rangers’ win over Derby County on Monday night meant that the Baggies fell to fourth in the Championship table – eight points behind the top two.
Speaking on the Sky Sports EFL Podcast, McAnuff raised concerns that there was no sign that West Brom’s poor form would change anytime soon.
“It’s a big test to keep the fans onside, but also the players,” he said. “You look at that disciplinary record and for me there’s a little bit of frustration in there.
“With this style you are judged on results. You have to win games if you are going to play like that. That’s the big issue that faces Valerien Ismael.
“At the moment I just can’t see them turning it around the way that they’re playing I’ve got to be honest.”
There is certainly a growing level of unrest at the Hawthorns as West Brom continue on a downward trajectory.
Valerien Ismael’s style of play is not popular with supporters and it is becoming easy for opposition teams to figure Albion out and nullify their threat.
Scoring goals is the big problem as the Baggies have drawn a blank in their last three matches – a 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town and goalless draws against Blackpool and Nottingham Forest.
McAnuff mentions the disciplinary record and Albion actually have as many red cards as they do goals in their last six games (two).
A trip to fellow playoff contenders Coventry City on Saturday is a huge game for Ismael, as if West Brom lose they could be down to sixth in the Championship by the end of the weekend.
Something needs to change and a win would be a huge confidence boost, but as McAnuff eludes too, it is hard to see how things will be different from recent weeks.
In other West Brom news, Chris Lepkowski has shared how close he thinks Valerien Ismael is to being sacked.