West Brom’s Barren Run

West Brom sit bottom of the PL table after three fixtures. A simple reason for their 20th place position is their inability to score goals. West Brom’s Summer window focused on bringing attacking talent to the club: Anichebe, Sessegnon, Sinclair, Vydra and Anelka were all brought in to assist the toiling Shane Long.

That is not a bad list of forward options for a mid-table club. Some of these players I like more than others but as a collective they should be fine. They should get the job done. Not so in the first three games (sans Anichebe & Sessegnon).

West Brom have taken 28 shots in their 3 league games (18th in PL) and just 4 of those 28 shots found their way on target (20th in PL).

This inability to post a decent SoT% number is worrying as is, to a lesser extent, West Brom’s 64.29 SoT% prevention number. (15th)

Now, some of these numbers may be due to simple variance over a three game span but it’s seemingly not due to West Brom’s schedule which I have ranked as the 5th easiest so far in the PL. *difficulty of schedule is created using opponents PPG, TSR, SOTR, Final 1/3rd ratio, PDO & GD.

 

Returning to West Brom’s barren goal scoring form, which is underpinned by low shots creation and even lower shots on target creation, with the following chart:

ImageThis chart shows West Brom’s shots for outcomes at certain game states. West Brom are simply brutal at Tied and Minus 1 with over 50% of all shots taken having missed the target. Poor shots discipline, difficult shots locations, strong opponent pressure and poor shooters may be just a few of the reasons for West Brom’s poor shots outcomes. Variance is a thing also. Either way, West Brom’s are going to have to find a way to improve their shots performance at Tied game state if they want to start scoring goals and winning football game.

A fixture against Fulham should ease some of West Brom’s troubles.

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