View: Why West Brom could be better off not getting promoted
West Brom are embroiled in a typically chaotic Championship promotion race but the Baggies are starting to splutter.
A lack of firepower has stunted Valerien Ismael’s surge towards a Premier League return with points dropped against clubs fighting at the opposite end of the second division.
But maybe a second consecutive season in the Championship is the best thing for the club right now.
West Brom have experience in the past of being a yo-yo club between the top two divisions of English football and they rarely look likely to maintain a consistent place in the top flight.
While an exceptional championship record is an encouraging stat for Baggies fans, what good is a promotion if relegation immediately follows?
Norwich City have fallen into the same trap and they are once again struggling in the top flight.
A relegation scrap is no arena for some of Albion’s young talent breaking through and maybe that is a good enough reason to not be heartbroken if the Baggies fail to win promotion this campaign.
Taylor Gardner-Hickman has recently signed a new deal at the Hawthorns and striker Reyes Cleary is turning heads across Europe with his goal-scoring prowess in the youth leagues.
A second year in the Championship could be the ideal time to give these youngsters much-needed experience in the professional game and ready them for the Premier League in the future.
Not only will the youngsters benefit, but Ismael would be given the chance to build a team that not only survives but thrives in the top division.
The two-year cycle of getting promoted, then immediately relegated again wears fans down and to be left back at square one every couple of years is far from ideal for any club.
In other West Brom news, the Baggies are on the brink of a breakthrough with this player’s contract.