West Bromwich Albion podcaster and journalist Adrian Goldberg has been sharing his criticism for Baggies striker Mbaye Diagne and his performance during their recent 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
This comes after Goldberg recently co-hosted the latest episode of West Brom-themed podcast The Liquidator where he spoke about a range of subjects concerning Sam Allardyce’s side, including the defeat against Palace at Selhurst Park over the weekend.
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On the subject of Diagne, who played through the entire game against Roy Hodgson’s side, Goldberg had this to say about the striker’s performance.
He said: “Diagne, having flattered to deceive in some of his early matches, looked utterly demotivated to me, didn’t have a run in him – he looked really poor.”
Since his arrival at The Hawthorns, the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £2.88 million, has played in all nine of West Brom’s Premier League fixtures, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Adrian Goldberg’s comments on Diagne and his performance against Palace…
Despite being the only West Brom player to have registered a shot on target against Palace and earn himself a match rating of 6.74/10, making him the fourth-highest-rated Baggies player on the day, it seems that Goldberg has identified an issue with the striker’s motivation and attitude on the pitch.
Given how Diagne has failed to score a goal since their 1-1 draw against Manchester United back in February and the fact that the club are still in the relegation zone of the Premier League table, this could probably be why Diagne may not feel particularly motivated or confident at the moment.
In our view, if Diagne can get himself a goal that leads to a win for West Brom in their upcoming league fixture against Chelsea next month, this would be a sure-fire way of getting him back on track.