With 17 games played in their Championship campaign, West Brom are currently eight points behind league leaders AFC Bournemouth and six behind Fulham in second place with Valerien Ismael’s side having won nine, drawn five and lost three of their 17 matches.
In addition to the points difference, West Brom have also scored fewer goals than the two clubs currently above them in the league table, four fewer than Bournemouth (31) and 17 fewer than Fulham (44) and have failed to score on three occasions in the league this season in their games against Derby County, Stoke City and Fulham.
Looking ahead to the next stage of the season and beyond, we feel that one way Ismael could fix West Brom’s issue of not scoring as many goals is to freshen up his side’s attack. He may want to dip his toes into the winter market but we think he should hand youngster Mo Faal some first-team minutes instead.
Since joining West Brom’s U18 side back in November 2019, the 18-year-old striker has made 26 appearances for their U18 side in which he has managed to score eight goals and provide three assists in the process.
Additionally, Faal has managed to score four goals and provide two assists in 15 appearances for their U23 side, showing just how capable he is of finding the back of the net. With that in mind, he could become a useful figure for Ismael’s side going forward.
Faal has had a taste of first-team action for the Baggies having made one appearance for them which came during their 6-0 defeat against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup back in August where he replaced Kenneth Zohore in the second half but was unable to get on the scoresheet against the Premier League side.
Moving forward, with on-loan Baggies striker Jordan Hugill only managing to score one goal in 13 appearances in the Championship for West Brom so far this season, we feel that it could be a good opportunity for Ismael to shake up his side somewhat.
Faal, who has been described as a “physical presence” that “links the game up well, scores goals and is an aerial threat” by U18s manager Peter Gilbert must be handed an opportunity to prove himself in the first team ahead of Hugill. If he takes that chance and performs well, he could save Albion millions on potential transfer fees in the next market.