West Brom latest news: Major "concern" emerges at Hawthorns for Valerien Ismael

West Brom manager Valerien Ismael looking focused

Journalist Luke Hatfield has been left concerned by West Brom’s recent performances in the Championship.

How have West Brom fared so far this season?

Following relegation from the Premier League in May, the Baggies made a positive start to life back in the Championship, winning four of their opening five league fixtures. Valerien Ismael’s men scored 12 goals in these matches, seemingly establishing themselves as one of the early favourites to secure promotion back to the top-flight.

Their form has dipped in September, though. In their three matches this month, West Brom have been held to successive draws by Millwall, Derby and Preston, three sides languishing in the bottom half of the table. This winless run has seen them fall to third, two points adrift of leaders Bournemouth.

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What has Hatfield said about West Brom’s latest displays?

Hatfield has claimed that West Brom have not been easy on the eye in recent weeks, and admitted that the team’s performances have not warranted positive results. 

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT about the side’s slump, he said: “The draws haven’t been brilliant watches either, which I think is something that is more of a concern for Albion. Other than the Derby game, I don’t think they’ve really looked like getting much more out of any of those, which is something that is a worry.”

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Is it all doom and gloom for West Brom right now?

West Brom are undoubtedly going through a tricky period in their season, and there are reasons to be concerned. The team have scored just twice in their last three matches, highlighting how they are ineffective in the final third at the moment.

This has ultimately cost the club top spot in the division as they have fallen below Bournemouth and Fulham at the top of the table. 

Still, it must be remembered that they are one of only two teams who have made an unbeaten start to the Championship, so they must be doing something right.

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They have the chance to get firmly back on track tonight when they take on QPR at the Hawthorns. The west London club are currently just outside the play-off positions, and this could actually be a good thing for West Brom.

Having previously been playing teams in the lower reaches of the table who they were expected to beat comfortably, they are now set to take on a side who are more than capable of taking all three points off them if they are off the pace.

This may spark the Baggies into life, knowing that they need to be at the top of their game, and one win could be all that’s required to restore their confidence to allow them to start playing to their full potential again.

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