With 17 Championship games played, West Brom have had a far from perfect start to their season under Valerien Ismael with nine wins, five draws and three defeats, the latest match being their 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at The Hawthorns last weekend.
Despite the spotty results, one player at the Midlands club that has been a shining light for Ismael and the Baggies this season is Karlan Grant.
Having started all but one of West Brom’s 17 league games whilst playing in a number of different attacking positions, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £7.2m according to Transfermarkt, has managed to score eight goals and provide two assists in the process, making him their top goalscorer.
In addition to this, Grant has also managed to rack up an average of 2.2 shots at goal per game in the Championship, cementing himself as one of Ismael’s main attacking threats.
Regarding his overall performances, Grant has earned himself a season rating of 7/10 from WhoScored, making him West Brom’s fifth-highest rated player this season, highlighting how impressive he’s been for the team.
Since joining the Midlands club back in October 2020 from Huddersfield Town in a deal worth a reported fee of £15m, the striker only managed to score one goal in 21 appearances in the Premier League last season but has definitely got this season off to a flying start.
Taking into account what he’s delivered for the Baggies so far this season, Grant has certainly shown that he has what it takes to be a significant player for the side at this level after struggling to find the back of the net, and even struggling to get on the pitch at times under Sam Allardyce last season.
Moving forward, if Grant can keep scoring goals for West Brom on a regular basis, we feel he would give the Baggies a great chance of securing a promotion place back to the Premier League by the end of the campaign.
If West Brom do make it back to the top-flight next season, Grant will have to make sure he brings the same goalscoring prowess he has shown this season with him to give the Baggies a good chance of staying in the division.