Time for new signings to step up
With a quarter of the season gone, Albion have had a pretty unremarkable start. Averaging just over a point a game will be fine over the course of the season, and Alan Irvine has done enough to temporarily quieten the calls for his head from a fan base still hugely underwhelmed by his appointment.
October 30th, 2014
With the fixtures we have had though, where Albion currently sit can be seen as the bare minimum. Failing to beat Crystal Palace and Sunderland at home may yet come back to haunt us, but what is truly worrying is that of the people to join the club in the summer, very few have really performed. In fact, Irvine has impressed far more than the majority of our signings.
When a club like West Brom spends ten million pounds it can’t afford for it to be wasted. Sadly, there has been nothing that Brown Ideye has shown to think otherwise. While injuries have not helped, what time he has had on the pitch has been underwhelming to say the least. Similarly, Samaras has done nothing to deserve a role on the field. Both cost us huge amounts of money, and if it wasn’t for that fact I am not convinced that either would be close to the current match day squad.
Completing the ineffectual forward options, Blanco and Varela have yet to impress, although there is plenty of time for that to change.
The truth is that our midfield still relies on Morrison, Brunt and Dorrans, despite all the efforts at improvement over recent transfer windows. Had Berahino not improved to such a wonderful extent it would be hard to see where goals and points could possibly come from.
Berahino cannot do it all on his own though. Irvine must find a way of dragging performances out of the new boys up front. Lescott provides stability on which to build, Gardner, Wisdom and Pocognoli have been fine, but it is goals that win games. And it is money that has been spent to get them.
Starting at Leicester, it is overdue that our expenditure begins to be repaid. Otherwise we are in for a very long, hard season.