West Brom discipline 'has to change' according to Adam Reach
West Brom have been handed three red cards in their last two games and the discipline of the team is causing concern at The Hawthorns.
Valerien Ismael’s high pressing system naturally brings fouls and yellow cards but the frequency in which they’ve received red cards is alarming.
Baggies forward Adam Reach admits the problem needs to be addressed, but not at the expense of the high press.
“Something has to change with the red cards,” Reach said in the Express and Star.
“You have got to toe the line. The manager likes to play with a high press and he likes to play with intensity.
“You have to show that but once you get a yellow card you have got to be careful because as soon as you get sent off it changes the game, especially with the way we try and press.
“There is always going to be a man free, free players and free gaps which opposition teams can exploit.”
Many teams in the football league won’t receive three red cards all season so for West Brom to collect that amount in just two matches is more than a worry.
The past 12 games don’t make for much better reading with six reds during that time.
This poor disciplinary record, coupled with injuries, means Ismael has a very thin squad to choose from when the Baggies travel to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday (15 January).
So thin in fact that Reach could be asked to play as a central defender again with Semi Ajayi also unavailable as he is at the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.
West Brom can’t just change style overnight and ultimately, the high press has been successful in allowing them to control games but Ismael needs to find a way to keep 11 players on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.
In other West Brom news, loan decisions are set to be made imminently with a potential recall for one player.