West Brom’s plight in the Premier League went from bad to worse on Tuesday evening as Sam Allardyce was handed a stark warning.
The Baggies were thrashed 5-0 by Leeds United at the Hawthorns, a defeat that sees the Midlands outfit move five points adrift of safety heading into January.
Big Sam has it all to do to ensure he’s not dealt that first-ever relegation on his CV.
The tone of the match was set early on after Romaine Sawyers’ calamitous back pass found its way into Sam Johnstone’s net before the Whites were rampant with four strikes of their own.
After the match, the midfielder was quick to put the weight of the result on his shoulders due to the nature of his mistake, but in reality, that moment was far from the reason that Albion were embarrassed.
I take full responsibility for setting the tone for what went on to be a difficult night for us all to stomach! We have to continue to try and put things right as individuals and as a teams to achieve what we want to this season
— Romaine Sawyers (@RomaineSawyers) December 29, 2020
Indeed, there were ten other players on the pitch and four more goals conceded, so other members of the squad need to be looked at. Perhaps none more so than Grady Diangana.
The 22-year-old made his loan move permanent from West Ham for a whopping £18m this summer and we’re yet to see a fraction of the form that saw him spearhead the Baggies’ attack to promotion last term.
Again, he was anonymous and devoid of ideas against Leeds this week.
Per SofaScore, Diangana failed to deliver a single accurate cross or long ball, managed just one shot and only pulled off 50% of his dribbling attempts.
The enigmatic winger also won just 41% of his duels both on the ground and in the air, and was dribbled past twice by the more impressive Raphinha.
It means he has only contributed to one goal in 14 appearances in the Premier League this season – shocking.
BirminghamLive reporter Joseph Chapman graded his performance a three out of ten, he wrote:
“Wasn’t able to lay a glove on Leeds in an attacking sense throughout the game. Came up against an inspired Alioski who was in no mood to give him any change. Spurned Albion’s only real chance which was born out of Leeds’ defensive and goalkeeping complacency.”
Clearly, the €10m-rated (£9m) wide man has shown very little and is worthy of the axe heading into fixtures against Arsenal and Blackpool in the FA Cup. Sawyers, however, should be given an opportunity to reprieve himself.