By Joe Ellis

30th Dec, 2021 | 9:10am

The problem West Brom need to overcome to win promotion race

There is some unrest with West Brom fans over their season so far despite lying fourth in the Championship.

Valerien Ismael’s side have the best defensive record in the league having conceded just 18 goals in their 24 games so far this campaign.

The unrest has surfaced due to the issues at the other end of the pitch as the Baggies have so far failed to match the free-scoring Bournemouth, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers ahead of them.

Goal Drought

A lack of goals isn’t a problem exclusive to West Brom of course, Middlesbrough, who sit just one place behind the Baggies, have scored fewer than Ismael’s team.

But unlike Middlesbrough, West Brom aren’t on a six game unbeaten run and if the goal scoring problem isn’t fixed soon, they could see themselves slide down the league table and out of the playoff places.

In typically Championship fashion, there are a host of clubs capable of catching the Baggies in the coming weeks if draws can’t be turned into wins.

Even Bristol City down in 18th are only nine points off the playoff places and the tightening chasing pack will be cause of concern.

Ismael is actively looking to resolve his team’s dry spell in front of goal with his former player during his time at Barnsley, Daryl Dike rumoured to be on The Hawthorns radar ahead of January [The Liquidator podcast].

But it isn’t a simple solution of ‘Buy a New Striker’. Ismael’s 3-4-3 system that he is yet to waver from during his time in charge has seen chances in front of goal dry up in recent weeks.

Current attackers Callum Robinson, Karlan Grant and Grady Diangana have all scored regularly at this level before but they can’t find any kind of form.

It’s a particular worry for Baggies fans as the three clubs above them possess the league’s most potent goal scorers (Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke, 17 Goals; Fulham: Aleksandar Mitrovic, 22 Goals; Blackburn: Ben Brereton Diaz, 20 Goals).

In other West Brom news, a major transfer blunder saw the Baggies miss out on this young talent.