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West Brom have made the same mistake as Cardiff in signing Kenneth Zohore

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West Brom will be looking to bounce back from their midweek defeat when they host Cardiff City at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Baggies’ unbeaten run of nine games came to an end at the hands of Leeds United, thanks to left-back Ezgjan Alioski’s deflected effort in the 38th minute.

Slaven Bilic’s men just couldn’t find a way back into the match despite a second-half onslaught, which resulted in them recording seven shots and 67.3% possession, per WhoScored.

Despite scoring a goal in every game before that, Albion continued a recurring theme of struggling in front of goal.

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Summer signings Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore have hardly set the ground running in the west Midlands, managing just two goals between them – both of which were scored by the latter through penalties.

This weekend marks a return against one of his former clubs with the Bluebirds in town.

Neil Warnock’s side are in a rich vein of form themselves as they remain unbeaten in their previous seven Championship outings, but things weren’t so rosy last season as they were relegated from the top-flight.

Zohore was part of that squad before joining the Baggies in an £8m move this summer, and his new club have suffered just as much as his old.

The 25-year-old recorded just one goal and one assist in 19 appearances, per WhoScored, though an injury did play its part to some extent.

But in his last Championship season across the Welsh border, Zohore could only muster up nine goals and five assists in 36 appearances, which isn’t a fantastic return from your leading man.

At his current rate, Zohore could well follow down the same path as he’s only bagged two in eight matches so far this campaign.

Therefore, this weekend’s fixture serves as a reminder of the mistake Bilic has potentially made – spending that much money on the forward, instead of heavily pursuing a proven man such as Dwight Gayle, who ran riot for the Baggies last term with 24 goals.

Then again, the £8m man could well start and score against his old club on Saturday.

Which Midlands club will finish highest?

West Brom

West Brom

Birmingham

Birmingham

Forest

Forest

Derby County

Derby County

Article title: West Brom have made the same mistake as Cardiff in signing Kenneth Zohore

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