Five wins from West Brom’s opening nine league games has seen the Baggies propel themselves to 3rd in the Sky Bet Championship.
With the successful home form, attacking football and best squad in the league, their should be no excuses and anything but a return to the Premier League for Darren Moore’s side should be viewed as a failure.
The prowess that Albion possess in the Championship is frightening. Keeping the main core of their side despite being relegated in 20th last season. Pros such as Jay Rodriguez, Matt Phillips, Kieran Gibbs, Jake Livemore and Craig Dawson have been kept and now the tough transfer stance has started to pay rewards. Albion were shrewd in their transfer business, only signing when they needed and buying when they sold. This saw two massive signings, one being young Harvey Barnes from Leicester City on loan and the other, recognised Championship goalscorer, Dwight Gayle. West Brom have now got the best squad in the league and results have shown.
22 goals scored in their opening handful of games sees The Baggies the second top goalscorers in England’s top four divisions-attacking football which fans have been crying out for over the Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew eras. Impressive results have followed, 7-1 against QPR, 4-2 against Bristol City and solid 2-1 and 2-0 victories over Stoke and Millwall has seen Albion win six consecutive games at home in all competitions.
The only thing that could possibly let West Brom down this year is their away form. Just one win away from home with Albion struggling to ever take control of games when on the road. Yes the games have been tough. Forest, Norwich, Middlesbrough and a local derby against Birmingham City are never going to be the easiest games but there has been worrying signs from them with Albion always looking on the ropes. The only positive thing to take out of them away games are that Albion have been playing poorly yet have grinded out draws against a very good Nottingham Forest side and against Birmingham-signs of champions?
If West Brom can sort out away performances, goals and wins at home will sort themselves out and Albion will achieve what they should be this season, a top 2 position.
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