Anonymous West Brom lightweight who made only 13 passes hopelessly let Bilic down – opinion

November 9, 2020

West Brom are still without their first win of the season but they can be encouraged by their outstanding display on Sunday afternoon.

Slaven Bilic’s side were beaten 1-0 by Spurs at the Hawthorns with Harry Kane popping up with the winner just two minutes from time, but the result was not only harsh but also cruel on the Midlands outfit.

They dominated large spells of the match and were arguably the better of the two sides having won more duels and looked far better on the ball.

Filip Krovinovic and Conor Gallagher were particularly impressive in the energetic Baggies engine room, but not everyone was at the races – especially £15m summer signing Karlan Grant.

The 23-year-old has struggled since swapping Huddersfield Town for the Premier League last month, scoring just one goal in four starts whilst it is now back-to-back blanks for Bilic’s leading man.

Grant was largely anonymous before being withdrawn in the 84th minute – per SofaScore, the young forward fired both of his shots off target, made just 13 passes, lost possession 12 times and was found offside on one occasion.

BirminghamLive weren’t positive on his display either, grading him a bog-standard 6/10 and claimed: “[It] didn’t fall for him in the first period. Grant fluffed his lines when the ball fell to him in the box.”

Whilst The Athletic’s Steve Madeley tweeted that Grant was “not really in the game” during the second half. He also lost 54% of his duels against PL veterans Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld.

You could forgive Bilic if he felt slightly let down by his performance.

Albion have only scored six goals all season, the third-lowest of any other Premier League side this season. Only the two teams below, Burnley and Sheffield United, have scored fewer.

The €10m-rated (£9m) striker cannot afford many more games where he goes missing throughout, it will only raise question marks over why he was brought in over some of their other more experienced mooted targets, like Troy Deeney of Watford.

Bilic now has an international break to figure out how to exactly get the best out of a man who scored 19 times last season.

AND in other news, Exclusive: Pundit tips 66 y/o to replace Slaven Bilic

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