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West Brom: Steve Bruce should unleash Brandon Thomas-Asante

West Brom will be looking to pick up just their second win of the season when they face Birmingham City on Wednesday evening and Steve Bruce can give his side the best chance by unleashing Brandon Thomas-Asante.

The Baggies have drawn six of their opening eight fixtures in the second tier and are currently languishing just above the relegation spots in the Championship.

However, they are one of the top performers for expected goals for and against in the division, which suggests that the strikers have been letting the side down so far this season, as the Baggies have been nowhere near clinical enough in front of goal.

Therefore, Bruce should look toward his in-form players and Thomas-Asante represents a player who is brimming with confidence.

The 23-year-old started the season in sensational form with Salford in League Two, contributing four goals and two assists in six appearances, averaging a superb 7.64 rating from WhoScored for his performances.

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He made the crucial difference in West Brom’s last game, coming off the bench to score a dramatic equaliser against Burnley on his debut for the Baggies, so it would be harsh to leave him out against Birmingham on Wednesday.

Following that goal, Express and Star journalist Lewis Cox praised the youngster’s footballing journey and his impact against Burnley.

He said:

“Unbelievable finale and unbelievable story. Some noise in this place when that went in. Could hardly have dreamed it better last night – from the fourth tier to instant Hawthorns goal hero.”

WhoScored suggests that Thomas-Asante’s main strengths include dribbling and, crucially, finishing – which is precisely what Bruce needs right now, as his side are clearly creating enough chances to win games.

Birmingham have endured a difficult start to the new season and, while it is early in the season to be dubbing games as ‘must win’, this feels like the ideal opportunity for the Baggies to kick start their season and push up the table.

Therefore, with Karlan Grant averaging a disappointing 6.54 rating for his performances so far this season, Bruce should hand Thomas-Asante his first Baggies start against Birmingham.

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