With West Brom only managing to win one of their five Championship games throughout November, drawing three and losing one, it’s safe to say that it hasn’t been the best month for the Midlands club and their promotion hopes.
Despite their disappointing run of form, one player has stood out to be one of West Brom and Valerien Ismael’s shining lights throughout the month that the fans should be full of praise for – Conor Townsend.
With Townsend having played in the left-back, centre-back and left-midfield positions throughout November, the 28-year-old has shown how much of a capable defender he is whilst proving himself to be a useful creative player he is going forward.
In his five previous league games this month, Townsend has made eight tackles, eight clearances and four interceptions whilst making 12 key passes along the way (as per WhoScored).
Six of those key passes came in West Brom’s 0-0 draw against Blackpool where Townsend managed to earn himself a very impressive overall match rating of 8.2/10 according to SofaScore, making him the highest-rated player on the day.
Since joining West Brom from Scunthorpe United in the 2018 summer transfer window in a deal worth a reported fee of around £750k, Townsend, who is currently valued at £2.25m according to Transfermarkt, has made 95 appearances for the Baggies across all competitions, scoring one goal and providing seven assists along the way.
Two of Townsend’s seven assists have come this season, the first coming on the opening day of the campaign in West Brom’s 2-2 against Bournemouth followed by the other one being provided in their 1-1 draw against Millwall in September.
Labelled as an “industrious” player by Baggies podcaster Chris Lepkowski, Townsend has played more minutes in the league (1795) than any other West Brom player so far this season, showing just how important he is to Ismael with his November performances merely the icing on the cake so far.
Moving forward, if Townsend can keep playing regularly for West Brom from now until the end of the season, he will surely give his side a great chance of securing promotion, especially if he can add some goals and assists to his tally and the players around him can equal the same sort of performances he’s been putting in recently.
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