Despite currently sitting in third place of the Championship table with 37 points from 21 games, West Brom have only managed to score 29 goals in the league so far this season, fewer than the two clubs above them and two clubs below them in the table.
Even though they won their previous league game against Coventry City with an own goal and a goal from Karlan Grant, one attacking figure that didn’t have much of an attacking impact on this occasion was Grady Diangana, who only had one shot at goal which was off target with no key passes made either.
With this in mind and the fact that Diangana has only managed to score one goal and provide one assist in the 19 league games he’s appeared in this season, perhaps it could be the right time for Ismael to take him out of the team for the time being and give one of their rarely-seen young talents the chance to shine.
After being an unused substitute in their opening three league games of the season, 20-year-old attacker Rayhaan Tulloch made his first senior appearance of the season in a very short cameo in their 2-1 away win against Blackburn Rovers.
On a positive note, the attacker, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £1.7k-per-week according to Salary Sport, was back in the matchday squad for West Brom’s recent league win against Coventry.
Now that he’s been deemed fit enough to be in the squad again and Diangana’s poor showing last time out, it could be worth Ismael giving Tulloch the opportunity to get some more minutes under his belt and potentially freshen up the team’s attacking force in time for the winter run of games as they aim to win promotion back to the Premier League.
With Tulloch, who has been previously called West Brom’s “star boy” by Jonathan Leko, having played in numerous attacking and midfield positions across the pitch during his time with West Brom and their youth teams, it may not be too hard for Ismael to implement him in his side.
Also, the fact that Tulloch has scored 39 goals and provided 15 assists in 93 appearances for West Brom’s U18 and U23 sides could make him a better option than Diangana at this moment in time if he’s able to fully express himself on the pitch.