West Brom’s number one summer transfer priority had to be to bring in some strikers.
The Baggies weren’t in a good place at the end of the 2018/19 campaign when it came to firepower, Dwight Gayle was set to head back to Newcastle, while Jay Rodriguez’s £5m release clause left him ripe for the picking for any Premier League club.
Unsurprisingly, Burnley took a punt on the former Southampton man, and that left the Baggies without their two top scorers from last season.
Luke Dowling had a real task on his hands, he had to replace two of the Championship’s deadliest strikers in the same window.
A look at the current league table shows that the Baggies have the joint-best attacking record in the division, so one would imagine that they managed to bring in the strikers to get the job done, but the fact of the matter is that the club failed in their biggest summer task.
The most damning number is quite clearly the goal tally.
11 league goals between them is 35 fewer than what the Baggies’ striking duo managed last season, and while there may be nine league games left, there is surely no chance the pair will come close to rivalling their predecessors.
However, the game is not just about goals, assists are also equally as important, but they’ve fallen short on that front as well, providing just one assist between them all season, compared to the eight Gayle and Rodriguez managed last term.
Not only are they struggling with their end product, but they’re also not getting in the right positions.
Their shots per game tally is down on what last season’s pair were putting up and that’s in spite of the fact that West Brom have brought in Matheus Pereira. He has proven himself to be one of the division’s best playmakers with 12 assists, while Romaine Sawyers, a man who has previously been described as the best passer in the Championship also came in.
They should be doing better.
In other news, this man is being underutilised by West Brom.