Its five straight defeats now for West Bromwich Albion and I would definitely be worried with the way things have been panning out for The Baggies in the last five games.
West Brom’s latest defeat came at the hands of Fulham and losing 3-0 was the last thing Albion needed. West Brom should have got at least a point from the game and everything was going well until The Baggies conceded just before half-time.
Big questions need to be answered at The Hawthorns and the current situation at the Albion is bleak.
Not good enough
There were plenty of positives to take from the game against Manchester United despite losing the game but football is a results business.
It doesn’t help having so many players ruled out with injury and losing Jonas Olsson was a huge blow. The Swede is a leader on the pitch and why he is not the captain is beyond belief.
Without Olsson, Albion have struggled at the back and the defensive frailties continued at Craven Cottage. Two goals conceded yet again from set pieces and if you are going to survive then you cannot afford to be conceding soft goals on a regular basis.
It was the same with Javier Hernandez’s winner on Saturday. No one marked the Mexican from the corner, end result = Goal!
The only positive for me to come out of the game at Fulham was the performance of James Hurst. I thought he was Albion’s best player on the night and it was his debut. So well done to him and he could be someone to look out for in the near future.
Scott Carson should have done better with Fulham’s first goal. The former Liverpool stopper failed to keep out Simon Davies’ effort and he really does need to look at himself. With the goalkeeper making mistakes, this is not exactly going to give your defence any confidence is it?
I think now is the time to give Boaz Myhill his chance between the sticks. Myhill has proved he can cut it in the Premiership as he did with Hull and I personally feel it is time di Matteo gives him a chance.
West Brom will get a brief respite from the league when they go to Reading in the Third Round of the FA Cup. Reading are just outside the play-offs in the Championship and I’m sure The Royals will fancy their chances of beating Albion.
The Baggies need a win from somewhere and hopefully that win will come on Saturday. The fringe players will probably be given a chance and hopefully some of Albion’s main defenders will be back to full match fitness before the next league game against Blackpool.
West Brom do need to bring in some players in January preferably a defender and a striker. Peter Odemwingie is low on confidence and you cannot keep relying on him to get you the goals.
Federico Macheda looks as if he will be going to Italy for the rest of the season so he is out of the question. In my last article I mentioned John Carew being linked with a move to West Brom and I personally feel the Norwegian would do a job for us.
Another potential target could be Tuncay. The Turkish striker has not had the best times at Stoke and he could be someone Albion could take a punt on.
West Brom’s next league game is against Blackpool and The Tangerines have been terrific this season. Ian Holloway’s side have been pretty decent on the road and they will be looking to get something from the game against Albion.
It is backs against the wall time for The Baggies but I just think that one win can re-ignite Albion’s season. Let’s get behind the lads at Reading and hopefully we will be talking about a West Brom win.
Come on You Baggies!
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