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Three Reasons An Impressive West Bromwich Albion Outfit Could Not Crack The Top 8

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Abhishek Majumdar
Editor in Chief of The 4th Official. A man in his thirties who worries about the nuances of the financial aspects of football and how it will impact the game in the long term.

West Bromwich Albion had a fairly good season last term in the Premier League and they were looking nearly invincible at home. However, late goof-ups in the season proved to be problematic for the Baggies and they were short of finishing in the top eight. Tony Pulis’ side finally finished on the league table at the tenth, disappointing their fans who were hoping for a good finish after a season of determined performances from their players.

There have been a number of reasons that the Baggies failed to make it into the top eight in the last term in the Premier League. Three such reasons have been depicted in the following lines-

Failure to score goals-

The Baggies failed to score as many goals as they would have liked to in order to make their position strong in the top eight. Unavailability of players who can score prolifically for the side have been hurting them throughout the last season and that has been the prime reason for them to lose their place in the top eight. None of the strikers, including Hal Robson-Kanu, Rakeem Harper or Salomon Rondon came out to become the impact player who could score ample goals to keep their team in an advantageous position. The midfield played well, but there was also a dearth of players who could turn out to become up and score goals for their team.

No Match winning players-

West Brom have a severe shortage of match winners who have made it even more difficult for the Baggies to get themselves in a comfortable position and make it a memorable season for them. Their highest scorer has been Salomon Rondon who scored a meagre eight goals to show for his efforts, which is evident of the fact that how the squad lacked a genuine match winner throughout the whole season. James Morrison, Nacer Chadli and Matt Philips tried their level best to get their team going with five goals each but could not keep them inside the top eight on the league table.

Defenders were good, but need a better goalkeeper-

The defenders have been good throughout the season, and brave efforts from the back four, especially ex-Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has made him one of the most wanted defenders in the summer. However, a total tally of 51 goals conceded by goalkeeper Ben Foster and 43 goals scored against the opposition teams is evident that the Baggies have a lot more to do in the next season.

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