Valerien Ismael hasn’t yet found his best line-up at West Brom, according to Sky Sports pundit Kevin Campbell, speaking to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Baggies lose form
The Baggies made a flying start to their Championship season, picking up 13 points from their opening five matches and looking every bit title hopefuls.
West Brom’s form has stalled in recent weeks, however, with three draws in a row against Millwall, Derby County and Preston proving to be frustrating.
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The Latest: Campbell concerned over ‘problem’
Admittedly, Ismael’s side are still third the table, but speaking to Football Insider, Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal and Everton striker Campbell claimed a lack of a fixed starting lineup is proving to be problematic:
“Here is the crazy thing about football. The likes of [Jordan] Hugill, [Callum] Robinson, [Karlan] Grant, and [Matt] Phillips they are all good players but it is about finding the right balance. That is the key now for Ismael and this West Brom side.
“You can have the embarrassment of riches but it is about finding the right balance. Ismael needs to work out his best team and he needs to do it quickly.
“From mid-October onwards you need to know and be playing your best team. You have got to know your best team and I think the problem is, Ismael still does not know what his best team is now.”
The Verdict: He makes a good point
Campbell is correct in his assessment, with too many changes being made by Ismael and a lack of rhythm on show because of it.
Granted, it is important to rotate throughout the season, in order to retain freshness in the players, but it is difficult to know what West Brom’s best team is currently.
The hope is that that will change in the coming weeks, starting with Friday night’s visit of QPR, which could be a test of their promotion credentials given the R’s will be full of confidence after their Carabao Cup victory against Premier League Everton.
In other news, some West Brom fans have been reacting to a journalist’s tweet. Read more here.
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