Speaking on the Baggies Broadcast, Joseph Masi has claimed that West Brom have now been sussed out by other teams.
It has been a frustrating couple of games for West Brom having drawn their last two league games against Millwall and Derby County respectively, and before that, they only scraped a 1-0 draw away to Peterborough Town via a last-minute winning goal.
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This is a stark comparison to their opening set of games which saw them put recently relegated Sheffield United to the sword and were free-flowing in front of goal scoring at least two goals in every game before Peterborough and now Valerien Ismael will be looking for a solution.
Masi spoke about how he believes the Baggies have been nullified in recent weeks (7:25):
“So a massive, massive part of Albion’s strategy, their plan A if you like, has been taken away from them, and that is why after the Millwall game, Ismael said we had to adapt, this is why Conor Townsend said we have to adapt when I spoke to him.
“It’s why yesterday [vs Derby] again after that game again, Ismael reiterated they have to adapt. The truth is, and it’s a bit of a strong way of saying it, but Albion have been found out.
“Teams have sussed out that they can’t give them any time, they can’t keep the ball for very long, because they won’t be able to live with Albion’s energy and intensity and their aggression. They have to get rid of it so that’s what all the last three teams have done and this has massively nullified Albion’s threat.”
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The Baggies currently sit third in the Championship after seven games but after seemingly coming up against more stubborn oppositions in recent weeks, Valerien Ismael has now admitted that his side must learn to adapt during games if their original tactics don’t appear to be working.
West Brom are generally dominating games and not giving up chances with the Baggies’ keepers Sam Johnstone and David Button having only been called upon 10 times so far in seven appearances but with their top scorer, Callum Robinson, only having found the back of the net three times it seems obvious that they are struggling in the final third to make their dominance count, so a sufficient plan B may be in order from Ismael.