West Brom’s wait to pick up their first victory of the season rumbles on for another week after they were involved in the Premier League’s first 0-0 of the season on Monday night.
Although the Albion boss will be buoyed by the fact that they finally secured a clean sheet having leaked a whopping 13 goals prior to kick-off, which before the international break was the joint-worst record across the top four divisions in England.
This will have undoubtedly come thanks to the introductions of Ahmed Hegazi and Branislav Ivanovic, who both were handed surprise starts above usual first-choice duo Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi.
But not everyone was on it, none more so than Grady Diangana who put in an uncharacteristically anonymous showing on the wing.
The 22-year-old, who signed in an £18m permanent deal this summer, somehow lasted the full 90 minutes on the pitch despite being largely ineffective.
Per SofaScore, Diangana won just 41% of a whopping 22 duels, lost possession 17 times, committed three fouls and could only muster up one shot, one key pass and one dribble all game.
Last season, the England U21 international was an integral part of the Baggies’ promotion-winning squad as he scored eight goals and provided six assists whilst he also averaged 2.4 dribbles, 1.6 shots and 1.4 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
Clearly, it was not his night at the Hawthorns earlier this week and it could soon be a worry for Bilic if his star man isn’t performing at the same heights.
BirminghamLive gave Diangana a 6/10 and added: “[he] was frustrated and blunted by Erik Pieters, who himself was playing out of position and ought to have been exploited more.”
He’ll need to do far better if West Brom are to pick up their first three points of the campaign anytime soon.
AND in other news, Baggies lightweight who lost possession THIRTY times badly let Bilic down…