By Adefunmiloye Alani

28th Dec, 2021 | 6:00am

Chris Lepkowski fumes at West Brom current striking situation

West Brom failed to find the back of the net for the eighth time in the Championship this season, suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of Derby County on Monday (27 December).

The Baggies have scored just 30 goals in 24 games so far in 2021-22, and Chris Lepkowski has not been impressed, taking to his personal Twitter account to slam their attacking ranks for often drawing blanks.

West Brom have not been able to score in six of their last 10 games, and things must improve for them in the attacking third if they want to be playing Premier League football in 2022.

The former Birmingham Mail journalist said: “Trying to think of the last period WBA were so ill-equipped up front.

“Don Goodman served us during some bleak times in the late 80s. As did Andy Gray.

“So did some good strikers during the barren 90s.

“Since then, generally, at least one has been decent/good/exceptional.

“Now? Terrible.”

Spot on

Valerien Ismael does not have a decent finisher capable of firing his side to Premier League promotion, and everybody already knows that by now.

Callum Robinson has mainly led the line for the Frenchman, but he has only managed to grab four league goals so far this season.

Their highest goalscorer with nine goals, Karlan Grant, has majorly played on the wings, while Matt Phillips’ return of three goals is the third joint-best in the team, alongside midfielder Alex Mowatt’s.

The other attacking options, consisting of Adam Reach, Grady Diangana and Jordan Hugill only have two goals between them.

It is a position West Brom need to strengthen in January, and a quality hitman capable of delivering on a consistent basis must be brought in.

It would go a long way in boosting their promotion chances, and they cannot afford to end the winter transfer window without making such a signing.

Their struggles in front of goal have not helped so far, and Ismael must get it right next month or risk missing out on promotion for the second season running.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies have tabled a new contract offer to centre forward.

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