Carlton Palmer tips Karlan Grant for West Brom position change under Steve Bruce
West Brom star Karlan Grant is likely to be moved back out wide under Steve Bruce in the coming season, according to Carlton Palmer.
Grant was the Baggies’ top scorer in the 2021/22 season with 18 goals in the Championship as the team struggled to a 10th placed finish under Valerien Ismael and Bruce’s tenure.
After Bruce’s arrival Grant was moved to a central striker position and scored eight times in the final 11 games of the season. However with a switch in formation and the return to fitness of Daryl Dike, BBC pundit Palmer told Football League World that he thinks he’ll move back to his natural role for this season.
“I think he’ll start,” he said.
“He was one of the bright sparks for West Brom last season in a disappointing season.
“I think the way that Steve Bruce has lined up pre-season, he’s been playing 4-2-3-1.
“So obviously, [Daryl] Dike will start on top and then it will be Wallace, Swift and Grant, the three behind. I think he’ll start but he’ll start in a wide position.”
There are great options in attack for the Baggies right now, and Bruce has done really well to build up his squad with minimal funds this summer.
Grant showed that he is more than capable of playing in multiple positions across the front line and still perform to a high level, and it’s that type of threat that Bruce needs to propel this side up the table.
Finishing in 10th was the worst finish the club have had since the 1999/2000 season and thus it won’t be difficult to improve on that, but West Brom will need to have more players performing.
Having Grant, John Swift, Jed Wallace and Dike in attack for the most part of the season will be a huge improvement on their last options, while Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson and Matt Phillips provide great cover too.
Bruce has the ability to switch formations and use Grant in a number of roles, but if he can get him to reproduce last season’s form it would be a great base to build off.
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