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Former Premier League boss Slaven Bilic is having quite an impact in the west Midlands.
Having joined West Brom as their new manager in early June, signing a two-year contract, he has guided them to an unbeaten start in the Championship after seven matches.
This run of form sees them occupy sixth place after three wins and four draws, and the Baggies are yet to even properly get going.
Last season’s defensive mainstay, Ahmed Hegazi, who made 40 appearances last season, hasn’t played due to injury, while Charlie Austin continues to get up to speed in a league he knows all too well having netted 68 goals in 136 appearances, per Transfermarkt.
Therefore, it is hard to criticise the job that the Croatian has done so far at the Hawthorns.
But there is one pressing concern, if you can call it that, which he may need to address for the benefit of the club’s long-term aims to return to the big time.
Coming from behind is clearly an excellent trait to have.
Albion have picked up some sort of result from a losing position in a staggering 85% of their matches, some way off anyone else in the league.
It’s that sort of resilience and strength – almost a never-say-die attitude – that holds them in good stead for a playoff and maybe even title challenge.
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But at some point, they’ll no longer ride their luck, and it’ll come back to bite them.
In two of those matches, the Baggies needed last-minute penalty heroics to earn a point – against Reading and Derby County.
The nature of football dictates that they won’t get the rub of the green all season long, and things tend to even themselves out eventually.
This sort of issue isn’t a problem now with the team unbeaten thus far, but mentality will only take you so far at any level of football.