West Brom have enjoyed picking up points in their last two games in the Championship after a season of poor and inconsistent form that has seen the side drift from potential automatic promotion to now struggling to pick up a play-off spot in the league, currently 14th in the table.
The addition of Andy Carroll in the January transfer window on a free transfer after his contract with Reading expired in the turn of the year, and his impact on the side is something new manager, Steve Bruce, has been vocal about following the draw with Huddersfield on Friday.
The Baggies manager was happy to answer questions about the ex-Liverpool striker’s future, and when asked he responded:
“We’ll address all that,” Bruce told BirminghamLive.
“When the end of the season comes, there are a lot of decisions to be made on a lot of people. It’s good to see him fit, keeping well and keeping healthy.”
There is no doubt that West Brom have been lacking leadership on the pitch, with the West Bromwich Albion journalist for The Athletic, Steve Madeley, criticising the squads “inbalance” writing:
“It is light on durability and toughness and sorely lacking in any clear signs of leadership and players ready to demand high standards from their teammates.”
With that being said, the arrival and integration of Carroll is clearly beginning to pay off when you look at his effectiveness. The 6 foot 3 colossus is currently top of the Championship for aerial duels won and is joint top for headed clearances since he joined Albion a few months ago.
The £23k-per-week brute rated himself as “unplayable” and he is clearly on a mission to prove his point for his current club, by becoming a presence on and off the pitch with The Athletic reporting that he has become a vocal figure in the West Brom camp.
Bruce will surely be relieved to have this kind of presence in his team as he endeavours to pick up the pieces at the club after a disappointing season for the Baggies, it’s clear that a leader is needed going forward for the team to gain as many points as possible in the remaining games that are left.
With that in mind, he’d surely be a useful cog next term too and with Albion likely to remain in the second tier, securing an extended deal for Carroll makes all the sense.