Forget Wallace: West Brom left to rue their inability to sign “bright” 20 y/o “talent” – opinion
West Bromwich Albion have endured a tumultuous season under their three different managers, but with Carlos Corberan they finally seem to have found some rhythm.
The Spaniard’s new regime has seemingly been built upon a solid defence, as each of those wins was built from clean sheets.
This has been a necessity rather than a preference, given how many of the attackers have disappointed over the season.
With Karlan Grant and Brandon Thomas-Asante having scored just three Championship goals each, and Grady Diangana and Matt Phillips boasting just three combined goals, it has been a toothless campaign so far.
Jed Wallace has arguably disappointed the most, with the winger joining in the summer after a summer of widespread interest.
This underperformance makes their inability to secure a deal for Elliot Anderson in the summer even more frustrating, with the tricky winger sure to have starred had he made the move.
It was reported in June that a number of Championship clubs, including Albion, were vying for the 20-year-old’s signature, but Eddie Howe remained insistent that his first-team opportunities would increase.
As the crowning jewel of the Newcastle United academy, there was little expectation that it would be easy to acquire the services of such a “bright talent” – as noted by Jason Tindall – even just for a season.
But given their offensive troubles and the undeniable talent that this trickster possesses, it could have benefited all of those involved.
Fortunately for the Midlands outfit, they finally seem to be somewhat reformed under their new boss.
It may mark a slow start to the season, but there is hope now that he can sort out a misfiring strike force that would have only been bolstered had Anderson moved in the summer.