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.

Three wins on the bounce have catapulted them out of the relegation zone, but with just goal difference separating them from safety they will remain wary.

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.

The Millwall winger was coming off the back of a stunning six-goal and 12-assist season, and yet has only scored three and assisted three so far this season.

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.

However, with just 96 minutes over seven Premier League appearances, perhaps he might have been better served at the Hawthorns.

Having been handed a loan spell last season, he lit up League Two with Bristol Rovers as he recorded eight goals and a further five assists from out wide or attacking midfield.

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.