West Bromwich Albion’s season seems to have come to a bizarre standstill.
After producing some scintillating attacking football all season and even looking primed for automatic qualification at one point, they’re now winless and goalless in their last two encounters.
Indeed, the embarrassing 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Leeds United proved that perhaps Darren Moore isn’t the right man for promotions dreams after-all.
Moore’s been given a luxurious amount of options for a Championship squad, with West Brom even financing moves in January by bringing in Jefferson Montero and Jacob Murphy to further boost their tantalizing attack. However, their inability to form a strong defensive shape has come back to haunt West Brom time and again this season.
The fact that they’ve conceded 47 goals, the second most among any top-half side, proves how Moore just get his defensive combination correctly. They managed to hold onto many defenders from last season, but Moore hasn’t done much in improving them.
He’s gotten the most out of his impressive attackers, yet his side’s tendency to switch off during games and error-prone nature has undone his good work. The Baggies could be through to the playoffs due to their stunning attack, led by the brilliant Jay Rodriguez, but their poor defensive and slow midfield might cost them progression beyond that.
Moore needs to understand his side’s weaknesses and work on them before it’s too late.
If The Baggies keep on leaking in goals, they might have to end up battling in the Championship for another season.
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