West Bromwich Albion podcaster and journalist Chris Lepkowski has been sharing his thoughts on the club’s recent run of results and performances in the Championship.
This comes after Lepkowski co-hosted a recent episode of West Brom-themed podcast The Liquidator, where he spoke about a range of subjects surrounding the Midlands club.
He said: “My concern in all of this is that teams have actually found how to play against Albion, to stop Albion from playing their natural game. And what I mean by that is that the whole nature of pressing teams, of pressurising them, squeezing defenders, is to attack those players when they have the ball.
“What opponents are doing increasingly, and certainly Preston did, was to release that ball very quickly, get it down the pitch. So teams have wised up to Albion, and it’s getting more and more difficult for Albion to break down teams playing this way, and it is a concern.
“We are unbeaten, and like I say, it’s been so far so good, but this last week – two weeks, actually – has thrown up a few things of great concern.”
TIF Thoughts on Chris Lepkowski’s comments on how other teams are playing against West Brom…
Despite having yet to lose a league game so far this season, it’s easy to see why Lepkowski has some concerns over the fact that West Brom have only won three points from their previous possible nine and specifically how opposing teams may have figured out the best way to play against the Baggies to stop them winning.
Specifically, taking into account how West Brom have only managed to score three goals in their previous four league games after managing to score 11 goals in their opening four games of the season, this shows that the Baggies have struggled in an attacking sense in recent weeks, as Lepkowski spoke about.
Do you think teams have worked out how to play against West Brom?
If other teams in the Championship have figured out what the best way to stop the Baggies from successfully implementing Valerien Ismael’s style of play is, then the manager will have to think of a way to overcome this issue or perhaps adapt his ideas so they work for the team.