West Brom go into the weekend’s Premier League fixtures on the back of their first victory of the season last time out, defeating rock-bottom Sheffield United by the solitary goal.
But now they arguably face a bigger ‘six-pointer’ in the shape of Crystal Palace, who currently occupy 15th position.
A defeat at Selhurst Park could compound the Baggies to further woe as they’ll be cut even more adrift from the rest of the pack, thus making the likely relegation dogfight less competitive.
Which is bad news for Albion as there are fewer teams to surpass, making their probability of dropping back to the Championship even more likely.
The Eagles have been in a bit of a rut recently too, losing three of their last four league outings, also failing to score in the trio of defeats too.
Slaven Bilic’s side have faced a similar issue as the only two teams that have scored fewer goals across the first ten weeks of the 2020/21 campaign are below them in the table, the winless Blades and Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
Indeed, their £15m splash on Karlan Grant is yet to bear fruit with the 23-year-old scoring just once in six starts. Perhaps, it’s time for the Croatian to axe him in order to spark a reaction.
It’s a decision he ought to consider, especially with Grady Diangana snubbed from the starting XI in two of their last three matches – he didn’t even feature against Sheffield United, so he should be chomping at the bit to prove a point.
Whilst Sky Sports duo Keith Andrews and Lee Hendrie told the EFL podcast that the ex-Hammers enigma was “explosive” and a “total nightmare” to play against.
Diangana delivered eight goals and six assists, also averaging 2.4 dribbles, 1.6 shots and 1.4 key passes per game last season, via WhoScored.
It is this ability that Bilic will need to call upon against Palace, especially if Roy Hodgson opts for Nathaniel Clyne at right-back once again, a player that has barely featured in 2020.
The Croatian can make the former Albion boss pay by axing Grant in favour of the £10.8m-rated Diangana, thus allowing top goalscorer Callum Robinson to play upfront once again.
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