By Beck Pascal

28th Dec, 2021 | 6:10pm

View: West Brom must change to keep their promotion hopes alive

Dismal away form continued for West Brom last night (December 27) as the Albion suffered defeat against rock bottom Derby County. 

Despite being hit by COVID again, the performance simply wasn’t good enough from the Baggies and only have themselves to blame for the defeat. 

It was the same old story for the Baggies who completely dominated the game but failed to capitalise on their chances. 

Things got worse for Albion when miscommunication between centre-back Cedric Kipre and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone gifted newly substituted Colin Kazim-Richards an open goal to slot the ball into. 

A let off for Derby who were very organised under Wayne Rooney but failed to put a huge amount of pressure on visitors West Brom. 

Valerien Ismael’s side have serious difficulty travelling having won just one of their last eight on the road including five defeats. 

Goals have been the biggest problem for Albion whether home or away. It is an absolute miracle they find themselves still in the promotion places with the only three teams having a lower conversion rate than West Brom’s with just under 6%. 

Thin Ice  

The patience Ismael has been afforded so far is slowly fading. West Brom cannot keep trying the same things and expect different results.

There needs to be a moment where the boss takes initiative because the form the Baggies currently find themselves in simply isn’t good enough for promotion. 

He has stood by some of these players for far too long with very little to show for it.

If he hasn’t got enough weaponry in his arsenal, then the club will have to heavily invest in January or risk spending another season in the Championship. 

There are young players such as Taylor Gardner-Hickman and Tom Fellows who continuously impress when they get a chance but hardly ever get the chance to showcase their talent from the start of the game. Why? This is fresh legs and new ideas are something the team could really use. 

It’s another game that could and should have been put to bed. If Ismael doesn’t manage to sign a striker in January or change things up with the current squad, he may see the thin ice beneath him begin to crack.

In other West Brom news, Pat Frost wants West Brom senior players rested in FA Cup game v Brighton.