Sky Sports pundit scolds West Brom as attack falls 'off a cliff'
The West Brom attack has come under more criticism by the media with the lack of goals halting the Baggies’ promotion push.
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Andy Hinchcliffe has gone in on Valerien Ismael’s team who have scored just 31 Championship goals in 25 games.
No wins in their last three games has seen West Brom begin to lose touch with the top three and they are now being caught by the likes of Queens Park Rangers, Huddersfield Town and Middlesbrough who are threatening the Baggies’ playoff place.
“They should be scoring more goals; they should be picking up more points,” Hinchcliffe said on Sky Sports’ EFL podcast.
“Their conversion rate has fallen off a cliff. It’s gone from being the best in the Championship to down in the bottom three. That is going to seriously affect their promotion chances.”
Change Must Happen
Hinchcliffe’s comments aren’t exactly a revelation. The Baggies’ poor run in front of goal has been going on all season and it becomes obvious when you compare them to teams around them.
Fulham in particular have gone way beyond West Brom’s scoring tally so far having netted 51 times in the league this season and they’ve conceded the same 19 as Ismael’s side have.
The big difference between West Brom and Fulham, Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers – the three clubs ahead of them in the league – is a fit and firing striker.
Aleksandar Mitrovic leads the race for the golden boot with 22 goals already this season while Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Diaz is just two behind on 20.
Another two goals back is Bournemouth’s hotshot Dominic Solanke with 18 but you have to go down to Karlan Grant with nine goals to find the Baggies’ top scorer.
The club have already moved to change these fortunes by bringing in United States international Daryl Dike from Orlando City.
Dike played under Ismael at Barnsley last season and was a huge hit at Oakwell as the club impressively reached the playoffs against the expectations.
The 21-year-old has to hit those same heights at The Hawthorns if West Brom are to challenge for promotion back to the Premier League this season.
In other West Brom news, up to four senior players could miss the club’s FA Cup game against Brighton.